We we talked to Col. Davis about a few months ago when he wrote a paper about our failures in Afghanistan. A commenter or two warned us that Davis was planning a coup like this back then and weaseling himself a reputation in Congress.
Our ultimate failure in Afghanistan became a self-fulfilling prophecy the moment that this administration decided that our only strategy was withdrawal.
From the Military Times:
[Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller, deputy commander of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan] slammed Karzai in a Politico interview after the Afghan president said his nation would side with Pakistan in a war against the U.S.
“You’ve got to be kidding me.” Politico quoted Fuller as saying. “I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care’? … They don’t understand the sacrifices that America is making to provide for their security.”
What exactly would anyone expect Karzai to say? Our rush for the exits only proves that we aren’t reliable, and no one can depend on the US to stick it out for the duration. That’s not to say that the troops won’t do their level best, but this is a failure of the civilian “leadership” if that word can be applied in any reasonable form to the relationship between the politicians and the trigger pullers. Because leadership, as the term is normally used in our language is noticeably absent.
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said he trusts the president’s commitment to the 2014 withdrawal. Still, he said the failure to bring the bipartisan resolution to the floor was “an historic act of political cowardice.”
“10 years later and $533 billion spent on the war in Afghanistan, it remains clear there is no military solution,” Lee said. “The American people have made it clear that the war is no longer worth fighting… It is past time for our policy to catch up with the American people.”
There wasn’t a military solution when the anti-war Left decided that to be true and thrust that strategy on the troops.
The American people have reached the same conclusion as the Afghans – if we’re leaving Afghanistan and that’s our only goal, sooner is better than later. Who wants to be the last to die so this president can look like a fierce war president?
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