Saturday, 04 February 2012

OBAMA'S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Afghanistan.  President Obama called it a "necessary war".  And when he took office, he completely changed its scope by approving more than triple the number of soldiers President Bush ever put there. 

To do what?  Presumably to get rid of the taliban.  Isn't that what Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats attacked President Bush for not doing?  Didn't they skewer him because the taliban still existed?

So how did Barack Obama's war in Afghanistan working out?  Read this excerpt from Kay Johnson's article for the Associated Press and see for yourself:\

Last year was the deadliest on record for Afghan civilians with 3,021 killed, a rise of 8 percent from the year before as insurgents ratchet up violence with roadside bombs and suicide attacks, the United Nations said Saturday.

Taliban-affiliated militants were responsible for more than three-quarters of the civilian deaths in 2011, the fifth year in a row in which the death toll went up, the U.N. said.

When he became President, Barack Obama was faced with increased taliban activity - which, of course, was what he and his Democrat cohorts attacked George Bush about.  So, after diddling and dithering for months, he finally approved a troop surge that eventually put close to 100,000 of our troops there. 

The result?  The taliban got nothing but stronger.  Now taliban influence, and mayhem, are dramatically higher than they were under President Bush.  And because of the surge, and its failure to prevent the taliban from getting stronger, we have suffered far more casualties during Mr. Obama's three years as President than in the 7 years of this war under President Bush.

In other words, President Obama's performance in Afghanistan has been an utter and complete failure.

Which means, of course, that the media - which were perfectly willing to second Barack Obama's motion when he attacked President Bush during the 2008 election campaign, are howling with fury at what a mess Mr. Obama has made of Afghanistan.  And college campuses are teeming with furious students protesting, demonstrating, demanding that he change his policies.  Right?

Well, right?

I write a lot about the political double standard which exists in this country - especially in what now passes for our media.

It would be hard to find a clearer example of what I am talking about than Afghanistan.

Zeke .... ..... No doubt that come 2013, and the US is not fighting in Afghanistan, that the Taliwackers will take over. ..... ...... If 100,000 US troops can't defeat them, then how can a rag-tag, infiltrated, corrupt Afghan Army do any better ? .... ..... ...... Iraq might well split into three parts: Shi'a, Sunny and Kurd. Iran will be ruling some or all of Iraq through proxies. .... .... ..... (02/04/12)


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