Saturday, March 28, 2009
Russians looking for payback as Obama moves to escalate war in Afghanistan and into Pakistan
History tells us that Afghanistan is a land that has had so much blood shed for it -- for so little gain in return.
Its northern region is mountainous and unusable for any value. The rest of the nation is known for poppy plants turned into narcotics. I can think of no other nation unworthy of the blood of our men and women.
The New York Times reports today that there was fierce debate inside the Obama administration about escalating the war, as the president announced this week. And the president is now making deeper inroads into the sovereignty of Pakistan with drone bombings, which will force that nation's government into a corner with hardline Muslim extremists gaining more power.
Vice President Biden, who was brought onto the Obama team for his foreign policy experience, advised against escalation. Generals argued for it. Vietnam, deja vu.
While Obama's mistakes on the economy will only prolong the recession, his mistakes on foreign policy will cost lives. And that Biden's advice was rejected on the first big test for the administration bodes ill for this nation that was counting on his experience to compensate for that of the president's on foreign policy.
You can bet the Russians are licking their lips at the chance of payback, for all the support our government provided the Taliban to kill Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s. We made it Russia's Vietnam. The Russians will do their best to make Afghanistan Obama's Vietnam.
That desolate country is not worth the sacrifice to come. What once was a mission to find Osama bin Laden has become a fight against an entire phantom force of terrorists who will always find a home and support in this world, be it in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Iran.
We can't keep invading and endangering both American and civilian lives. Obama promised restraint in his campaign for president. Committing more forces to Afghanistan and taking the fight more into Pakistan is madness.
History tells us so.