The Afghanistan Decision

Ken AshfordAfghanistanLeave a Comment

Yesterday, Barack Obama had Michael Moore attacking his Afghanistan troop buildup from the left, in an open letter posted on his Web site ("If you go to West Point tomorrow night … and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, … you will do the worst possible thing you could do…"), and today, as he's about to announce that Afghanistan policy, he's being slammed from the right (on Afghanistan and other issues) in Dick Cheney's Politico interview ("Every time he delays, defers, debates, changes his position, it begins to raise questions: Is the commander in chief really behind what they've been asked to do?").

So nobody at the extremes is happy.  (That said, Cheney is a dick.)

I'm willing to cut the President a little slack here.  Afghanistan was the war we should have been fighting after 9/11, not Iraq.  Had that been our primary focus from day one, then OBL wouldn't have slipped through our fingers (what say you to that, Cheney?).  Getting bin Laden isn't possible now (not in Afghanistan anyway), but knocking the Taliban out of power is an important goal, assuming it is not a fool's errand.  Still, I'll have to hear more.

FURTHER THOUGHT:  Hesaid he was going to do this during the campaign, by the way, so I don't quite understand why so many are surprised and/or disappointed.