June 19, 2024

Obama The War Hawk?

America At War – Again

Does being elected President of the United States somehow turn an otherwise normal  man into an aggressor, eager to engage American armed forces into unnecessary wars? Consider the following:

Military buildup in Afghanistan warranted, Obama says

The White House last week announced substantial increases of troops bound for Afghanistan and plans to increase training and foreign aid both in that country and in neighboring Pakistan.

Obama said Al Qaeda and its allies would be pursued aggressively but that did not mean that ground troops would enter Pakistan.

Wars are a horrific waste of economic resources and human life, yet the powers to be  seem eager to “project our power” by engaging in needless and useless conflicts.  What exactly is our strategy and exit plan with Iraq and Afghanistan?  The lack of a c0herent strategy for conducting two wars that we cannot afford and that seem to be without purpose seem certain to backfire on the Obama administration at some point.

Poll: Most Say Afghanistan War Not Worth Fighting

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans say the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting, according to a poll released on the eve of that nation’s elections.

An ABC News-Washington Post poll found 51 percent who said the war was not worth fighting, while 47 percent said it was worth it.

Three years ago the U.S. had about 20,000 troops in Afghanistan. There are expected to be about 68,000 by year’s end.

Obama’s Wars

The cost of our two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have reached $900 billion, $675 billion for Iraq and $225 billion for Afghanistan. I bet you thought we had taken our troops out of Iraq based on press coverage. You would be wrong. We still have 135,000 troops there, only down 30,000 since the surge. In the meantime we have escalated our presence in Afghanistan to 55,000 troops and there are serious discussions to bring that up to 100,000. We will reach $1 trillion for these two wars and what have we accomplished? I’d love to hear from my pro-war friends on this site with concrete benefits that we have achieved for $1 trillion. No democracy in the Middle East bullshit, because that is a lie. Could this $1 trillion have been spent in a better way? Or better yet, not spent at all.
Obama campaigned that he would end these wars. Another lie proving that the Military Industrial Complex is all powerful. His budget actually increased for the military.

General: Afghan Situation ‘Serious’

The top U.S. commander for Afghanistan called the situation there “serious” but salvageable, in a sobering assessment issued Monday that is expected to pave the way for a request for more American troops, funds for Afghan forces and other resources.

This year, tens of thousands of additional U.S. and allied troops have flowed into the volatile country, bringing the total to more than 100,000, of which 62,000 are American. Casualties among troops have risen to their highest levels since the U.S. military overthrew the Taliban government in the fall of 2001.

Time to Get Out of Afghanistan

U.S. strategy — protecting the population — is increasingly troop-intensive while Americans are increasingly impatient about “deteriorating” (says Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) conditions. The war already is nearly 50 percent longer than the combined U.S. involvements in two world wars, and NATO assistance is reluctant and often risible.

The U.S. strategy is “clear, hold and build.” Clear? Taliban forces can evaporate and then return, confident that U.S. forces will forever be too few to hold gains. Hence nation-building would be impossible even if we knew how, and even if Afghanistan were not the second-worst place to try: The Brookings Institution ranks Somalia as the only nation with a weaker state.

Genius, said de Gaulle, recalling Bismarck’s decision to halt German forces short of Paris in 1870, sometimes consists of knowing when to stop. Genius is not required to recognize that in Afghanistan, when means now, before more American valor, such as Allen’s, is squandered.

Our Government has provided no rationale explanation for being at war in Afghanistan.  How exactly  is the national interest being served by expending lives and resources in a war with questionable objectives that cannot be won?

The idealistic notion of “nation building” is absurd in a country that has never had a functioning government.   Is the United States prepared to spend trillions of dollars over decades to help a country that can’t help itself?  The United States still stations hundreds of thousands of troops in Korea, Germany and Japan, six decades after World War II ended.  Why not do some “nation building” at home?  It’s time to pull the plug on this ill conceived and useless war.

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