[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Does Marijuana Increase the Risk of Vehicle Crashes?

Youtube Gay Screen - Flag YouTube Comes Out- Youtube goes Gay

Man Jailed After Drywall Powder Mistaken For Cocaine

Clarence Thomas: ‘Improbable’ that 2nd Amendment Only Protects Carrying a Gun in Your Home

Yazidi sex slave unwittingly ATE her one-year-old son after ISIS fanatics COOKED the child and served it with rice after starving her for three days, Iraqi MP claims

Justices Thomas and Gorsuch: Supreme Court Should Take More Second Amendment Cases

After Getting Busted for Bombing Syria Based On a Lie, Trump Doubles Down … Threatens to Bomb Syria Even Harder Based On Same BS

New Study Finds Marijuana Users Are Happier And More Successful In Life

“I Could Kill You!” Cop Pins Teen Down, Chokes Him for Running Through His Grass

Cops Brag About Harassing Homeless Man Fixing Bikes for Money, So Facebook Destroyed Them

The Jewish and The Chinese Pilots

Tucson Court to Hear Extradition of Woman Accused of Feeding her Mother

Liberal Nightmares Come True as Gorsuch Begins to Cast SCOTUS Votes

Why Is Donald Trump Enabling Russian Espionage in America?

Fmr. Attorney General Lynch Could Face 5-10 Years in Prison

Project Veritas Undercover Investigation: CNN Producer Admits Network Hyping ‘Mostly Bullsh*t’ Trump-Russia Scandal for ‘Ratings’

Runaway roofers who removed the wrong roof tracked down by St. Louis neighbors

The Washington Post and Gary Webb

Smoking Marijuana Really Can Ruin Your Life

Eugenics and Abortion

I know who the Texas killing field murderer is

Who will speak for the children about impact of marijuana?

University of Arizona Says They Have No Relationship with Visiting Scholar Who Identifies as a Hippo

'Cool story bro': Twitter mocks Trump's proud claim that his approval ratings are higher than Obama's

Charlie Sheen reveals he’s behind sale of Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, 1919 contract

Killer whales suspects in Cape shark killings

SCOTUS Lets Ruling Stand Protecting Second Amendment Rights Following Non-Serious Misdemeanors

Supreme Court backs church in major religious rights case that will lift an outright ban on state funding

Trump Can Win Travel Ban Case at Supreme Court Simply by Enforcing It

Supreme Court Orders States to List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates; Gorsuch Dissents

Federal ‘OPT’ Program Rewards Companies For Hiring 330,000 Foreign College Grads in 2016

Asylum seekers in Canada who fled Trump now trapped in legal limbo

......Liberal Lawyer Gloria Allred Being Sued for FRAUD

President Trump Ends Long Tradition of Celebrating Ramadan in White House

Nebraska Dem official caught on audio: I’m ‘glad’ Scalise was shot, ‘I wish he was f*****g dead’

MARIJUANA AND SUICIDE: A GROWING RISK FOR OUR YOUTH

These mothers of suicides don’t think marijuana is harmless

People Who Smoke Weed Every Day Have More Suicidal Thoughts, Study Says

MARIJUANA USE IS LINKED TO INCREASED SUICIDE RISK

Hacker collective Anonymous releases video claiming that NASA is on the verge of announcing alien life

UN Official: We Should Make Every Effort To Depopulate The Planet

Driver in crash that killed Midview student had marijuana in his system

Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims

(Free Republic Archived Retro Thread from 2002): Sneakypete Schools Freepers and Nopardons on Reality Of Bush Family As Statists/RINOs (and NOT "conservative")

Texas mom arrested after children die in hot car

How the CIA Turned Us onto LSD and Heroin: Secrets of America's War on Drugs

Supreme Court limits rights of property owners

Health Care Debate Exposed as a Fraud, Dems and Reps Just United to do Big Pharma's Bidding

The US Criminal “Justice System” is Devoid of Justice

How the Government Conditions Citizens to Obey


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

Opinions/Editorials
See other Opinions/Editorials Articles

Title: Buchanan: A Decade Of War -- For What?
Source: Human Events
URL Source: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51281
Published: May 4, 2012
Author: Patrick J Buchanan
Post Date: 2012-05-04 12:28:05 by Brian S
Keywords: None
Views: 815
Comments: 2

"My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war," said Barack Obama from Bagram Air Base.

"Here in the predawn darkness, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. The Iraq War is over. The number of troops in harm's way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home. ... The time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end."

Interesting comment, that last.

If "the time of war" is at an end, does that rule out U.S. military action in Syria or war on Iran?

Setting aside the 14,000-mile round trip to Afghanistan to do an end zone dance on the anniversary of Seal Team Six's dispatch of Osama bin Laden, Obama seems to have boxed in his Republican rivals.

His assurance that our wars are ending and our troops are coming home reflects the national will. And his partnership agreement with President Hamid Karzai and pledge that a U.S. force will remain to train the Afghan army and prevent al-Qaida's return inoculates him against the charge that he is cutting and running.

Yet The New York Times was disappointed.

Obama had not said how the United States is to train the Afghan army to defeat the Taliban by 2014, nor how we can get Karzai to deal with the pervasive corruption and incompetence of his government.

Nor did Obama say how we can be certain al-Qaida will not return when we depart.

The Times misses the point.

This speech was not designed to lay out a U.S. strategy for the next 12 years, but to get Barack Obama past the post in November.

And for that objective, the speech works.

No one knows what will happen when 23,000 more U.S. troops come home by Sept. 30, and all combat troops are out in 2014. The odds are that, after a "decent interval," like the one in Vietnam from 1973 to 1975, the Taliban will return to take vengeance on all who abandoned them, and Afghanistan will come again to resemble the land we invaded a decade ago.

Why is this probable?

First, because the Taliban have shown themselves to be, though fewer in number, a superior fighting force to the Afghan army. They have not needed foreigners to motivate, train, advise or lead them.

Nor have they needed foreign money to fight. Yet they have battled the best army in the world for a decade and repeatedly sacrificed their lives in suicide attacks.

How many Afghans on our side have launched suicide attacks?

Second, the Taliban are rooted in the Pashtun, the largest tribal group in Afghanistan, which constitutes half the population and is concentrated in the crucial south and east.

Third, they have a secure sanctuary in Pakistan.

Fourth, because, as we saw with the hysterical reaction to what U.S. troops thought was the routine burning of desecrated Qurans, Islam is the most powerful cultural and social force in the country. And the Taliban are the most deeply rooted in that faith.

Fifth, because nationalism is the most potent political current roiling nations from the Maghreb to Middle East to South Asia. And the Taliban have the causalities and credentials to prove they will fight forever to free their country of foreign influence.

A majority of Afghans surely wish the Taliban would not return, given the savagery of their previous rule and the desire of the Afghan people to be free to live their own lives according to their own interpretation of their faith.

Yet the Taliban have shown themselves willing to persist against huge odds, to fight and die in considerable numbers for the kind of country they wish to live in -- and the kind of regime they wish to live under.

Our allies have not remotely matched their zeal.

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history," said Mohandas Gandhi.

So, after a decade of war in Afghanistan, what have we accomplished, and at what cost? Some 2,000 U.S. dead, 16,000 wounded, hundreds of billions sunk, scores of thousands of Afghan dead. Al-Qaida was driven out a decade ago but is now in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and Iraq.

The Taliban are gone from Kabul but may be coming back. And our hope of preserving what success we have had rests with Hamid Karzai.

"America has no designs beyond an end to al-Qaida safe havens," said Obama in Bagram. "Our goal is not to build a country in America's image, or to eradicate every vestige of the Taliban."

But if those are our goals, had we not achieved them all by early 2002? What, then, were we fighting for -- these 10 years?

If we had to do it all over again, would we?

The nation now seems not to think so. And the nation is right.

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

#1. To: Brian S (#0)

But if those are our goals, had we not achieved them all by early 2002? What, then, were we fighting for -- these 10 years?

Paul Craig Roberts explains exactly what we were fighting for.

If we had to do it all over again, would we?

Hell yeah! Republicans and Democrats throughout the District of Criminals made a killing! What's a few thousand dead GI's and hundreds of thousands of "furriners?"

Fibr Dog  posted on  2012-05-04   16:30:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Brian S (#0)

What do you think of Pat Buchanans article.

You being a Buchanan supporter don't you fee like a turn coat supporting Obama and the destruction of our nation?

Buchanan and Obama are light years apart.

A K A Stone  posted on  2012-05-04   21:49:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com