Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Afghantistan and the Abdullahs
I called in sick to work today for the first time in a year. I was staying home to watch and celebrate the collapse of Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy. Here is a man who ran as a reformer, promising to bring order to the cosmos and teach the terrorists how to love. I'm exaggerating, but just a little. And here we are, almost a year later, not having moved an inch. How is this any different from the Bush years, except that the violence is magnified tenfold? Obama basically set himself up to fail. He staked the decision to increase troops levels on the hope for a stable democracy in Afghanistan. This would be a pipedream in the best of circumstances, never mind in the middle of a resurgent Taliban. Abdullah Abdullah has bowed out of the race, taking the entire minority Tajik population with him. The Bedouins are already in the extremist camp. That leaves only Karzai's tribe, the ethnic Pashtun. God only knows whose side the Persians and Farsi speakers are on. What this means, of course, is that Afghanistan is rapidly descending into a civil war fomented by Al-Qaeda extremists. Now, I am an honest person, so I must tell you this is not entirely obama's fault. But he isn't helping. Over at The Post Liberal Post, Bill Meradeia wants you to think that the war is going well. How is that possible, when more people are dying now than before?