If there is one word that captures President Obama’s much-anticipated Afghanistan speech, it is “cynical.” Yes, the speech was also internally contradictory, counter-historical, and premised on fatally flawed assumptions about Islam and the Afghan people. Cynicism, however, is the defining feature of Obama speeches. This one was no different: from its use of the United […]
Afghanistan: The month before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration, the president has finally settled on the strategy for what he called a “war of necessity.” But leaving, not winning, is the goal.How often in history, if ever, has a British defense secretary slammed a U.S. commander in chief for indecisiveness? Britain’s Bob Ainsworth last […]
WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, along with plans to begin withdrawing the reinforcements in 18 months — a potentially high-risk political and military strategy. via Obama Bets Big on Brief Surge – WSJ.com.
You can’t fight a successful war unless the commander-in-chief is fully committed to it. So President Obama’s chief task in his speech Tuesday night on Afghanistan is to make it absolutely clear that he is. This won’t be easy. Obama comes from the antiwar wing of the Democratic party that opposes the use of force […]