Once again another generation of young Americans has been lied to by its so-called leadership. As Lyndon Johnson lied about Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Tonkin to begin escalation in Vietnam, the mirror image of that occurred when George Bush told the American people that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
As the the young men of the ’60s and ’70s came to realize, Southeast Asia was a series of wars that we were never going to win. Yet another generation of fine young men were sucked into a different military conflict, this time in Afghanistan, which rivals the Vietnam war as the longest in U.S. history.
1,196 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Remember we were told that there were so many early successes — well it took 2,520 days for the war to take 500 American lives. It just took 627 days to take the next 500. And if you can believe this or not, in October 2010, National Security Advisor Jim Jones estimated that there were only 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. This past June then CIA Director Leon Panetta estimated there could be as few as 50 Al Qaeda left standing in Af-ghanistan.
Remember what Aretha Franklin said: “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” In the last couple of terrible months for some perceived Sharia offenses, dozens of fine American men and women have been killed by people they believed were their allies and counterparts. How about a WTF?
The Karzai regime is so loaded with corruption that Afghanistan has been ranked the second most corrupt nation in the world. I’m starting to believe that the first should be our country. But I don’t want to start that fight. A recent study by the UN found that corruption accounts for nearly 25 percent of Afghanistan GNP.
Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign argued that Afghanistan was the right war and went for a push of escalation of 21,000 and another 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. Announcing his second surge of troops in December 2009, Obama joined Nixon in saying, “Now, we’re going to begin withdrawal.”
The Middle East, from Libya all the way to Pakistan, is almost totally in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. These men are all sworn enemies of the little Satan, Israel, and the great Satan, guess who?
Most modern political thinkers realize that none of this would have happened if Saddam Hussein remained in power. What’s wrong with our foreign policy? Why do these people at the State Department, the Department of Defense and the Oval Office, regardless of who’s behind the desk, think that they can do what Genghis Khan could not do — hang on and change the face of Afghanistan.
The U.S. has followed a long line of empires into Afghanistan. The Medes, the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Mongols, the British, the Russians and Soviets all met their end in Afghanistan. Remember the Soviets fought in Afghanistan for 10 years and withdrew having exhausted all the available alternatives to bring the Afghans under their control.
There are two unwritten rules in history: Never fight ugly people because they have nothing to lose. And when the well-known substance hits the electrical convenience, don’t be standing in front of the fan.
Like Nixon, unable to get out of Southeast Asia, Obama will wait until after the November election, more kids will die and the conclusions will be the same. But have faith because Mitten Romney (five sons of military age, not one in the military — come on Mitt get some skin in the game) promises he’ll destroy the seven or eight al Qaeda still left in Afghanistan.
Wake up. Smell the coffee. And realize that George Bush is headed to the dustbin of history, along with Nixon and Johnson, a place he justly deserves.