posted on Oct, 7 2009 @ 12:42 AM
You can't blame Obama for Afghanistan. He inherited it from Bush.
Obama can't just up and leave now, or so the thinking goes. We've lost too many soldiers to just pull out and admit defeat (or declare "victory"
like Bush did). Obama is stuck. No matter what he does, he's going to look bad. Pull out, means our soldiers died in vain. "Stay the course",
and we'll keep losing soldiers without any hope of "winning". Increase our troops there, and wind up getting more of our soldiers killed.
This war can't be won decisively. It's not a war against Afghanistan. It's a war against tribes in Afghanistan. There is no government or
"Afghanistan" to surrender to us. All that's there are warring tribes, that have been warring for millennia. They form and break alliances with
one another, try to slaughter their rival tribes, try to use us to help them slaughter other tribes.
The best we can hope for is to stop these tribes from training terrorists to attack the US, which isn't likely since we keep killing people. People
tend to get a bit cranky when you start killing them. We've created more terrorists than Al Quaida, by driving once moderate Muslims into extremism.
We're doing their recruiting for them. Americans killed your uncle/brother/wife/child? You can get revenge.
Vietnam was different. It was basically the US, China, and the USSR fighting a war by proxy. It would have been too dangerous to have a real,
all-out war between these powers, so we had a kind of fake war. Lots of soldiers and civilians were killed, and ultimately we all lost. The South
Vietnamese weren't our friends. They may not have liked Communism, but they also didn't much care for our behavior there. They wanted us out of
there almost as much as the North did.
But there was no way to win that war, either. The people themselves were fighting us. You can't win when that happens. We weren't just facing an
army, we were facing militias and armed civilians. We couldn't tell friend from foe. In the final analysis, they drove us out of there, though I
admit that politics and public sentiment also did their damage.
In Afghanistan, as well, we're fighting the people, and not armies.