William Kristol and Frederick W. Kagan: No Substitute for Victory, Weekly Standard

Can the United States win the war in Afghanistan? The antiwar left has long held the war is unwinnable. Now some conservatives are arguing that President Obama’s weakness and indecision forecast American failure–and that, if we’re going to fail, we should just get out now.

We would be the last to defend Obama’s indefensible dithering. But the war in Afghanistan remains both winnable and worth winning–even with Obama as president. And no form of withdrawal or defeat is consistent with safeguarding key American interests in a volatile and dangerous region of the world.

President Obama’s apparent reluctance to pursue the fight does not inspire confidence. But he did send General Stanley McChrystal to take command, along with 21,000 additional troops. Despite efforts by political operatives around the president to push him toward withdrawal now, the president may yet do the right thing–soon, please!–and provide General McChrystal with the forces he needs to pursue decisive operations in 2010. And the president might put real effort into explaining his decision and the war’s importance to the American people. In any case, to the extent the administration doesn’t seem sufficiently stalwart or willing to provide those in the field the resources they need, a loyal opposition should press the administration to do the right thing, rather than relieving it of its responsibilities by preemptively deciding it won’t.

via No Substitute for Victory.

  • turbeaux

    I’ll believe that the war in Afghanistan is winnable when Mr. Kristol and Mr. Kagan can explain to me with a straight face how America can win the un-winnable hearts and minds of millions of Muslims who are not only obligated to hate our kafir infidel guts per their religion, but also must betray their religion and be condemned to hell at the same time in order to become loyal friends and allies with kafir infidel Americans. Not to mention that both Mr. Kristol and Mr. Kagan fully supported the creation of two Sharia states in both Afghanistan and also in Iraq.

    In addition, if anyone actually is gullible and naïve enough to believe that we are actually winning in Iraq too, then they ought to seriously consider getting their respective heads examined because like Mr. Kristol and Mr. Kagan they don’t have a clue.

    That is what is wrong with many conservatives and most Republicans today; they have been tragically misled by neo-conservatives like Mr. Kristol and Mr. Kagan. The reality is we could not be pursuing the so-called war on terror more idiotically or fantasy based thanks to political correct multicultural loons like Mr. Kristol and Mr. Kagan.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a delusional leftist or a peacenik, but neither am I a multicultural loon blinded by political correctness like Mr. Kristol and Mr. Kagan. I agree we need to defend ourselves from the omnipresent threat that the Dar al Islam represents to all freedom loving people in the world, but the current war strategy couldn’t be any more fantasy based and misguided than it is and using it for political grandstanding will only ensure that it remains fantasy based and misguided in the future as well.