Obama Takes Possession of the War in Afghanistan

Posted on October 29 2009 6:48 am
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The only thing the Left can get right about warmaking is the primacy of deception as a tool to be used against your enemy.

Exchanges between Washington journalists on this week’s Washington Week in Review highlighted, to a controlled extent, just how poorly the Obama administration is advancing national defense issues.

One of the most startling admissions about the White House policy drift concerning the war in Afghanistan was made by a panelist, National Journal writer James Kitfield, in an Oct 17 issue where he described a White House that was “nervously eyeing the polls about Afghanistan…” much the way Obama’s Republican predecessor did. Politics isn’t what’s on the line here, though. The lives of America’s soldiers are at stake.

Another admission by Kitfield is that White House staff are reading books about the Vietnam war:

“…where U.S. soldiers fought and bled for five years after the 1968 Tet offensive arguably broke the will of the American public”

Lovely. Way to distort US military history, Mr. Kitfield. It is almost as if he wants to underline the fact that the Left’s knowledge of history is seriously lacking in policy debates.

We probably should have taken the hint with the Obama World Apology Tour 2009 this last spring that the Obama administration was not interested in winning against an armed foreign enemy.

More than two and a half months after the original request for more troops by Obama’s handpicked successor in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, we are just now learning that for at least a month meetings have been held with Obama’s foreign policy and defense staffs on Afghanistan to deal with those additional troops.

In a vain attempt to give his stamp of approval Kitfield said:

“In some ways, I think he’s more deliberative. President Bush was very gut instincts and so he made decisions pretty quickly. Obama is much more a logical sort of going through all the options and comparing and then debating those with people and he obviously likes to encourage people to speak up, where it wasn’t really what Bush was known for.”


According to an article published by The Weekly Standard, the Bush White House already went over all the options two years ago for several months before it became so important to consult the polls. The only reason why the effort in Afghanistan was not reinforced was because of the lack of available troops.

Despite the Left’s attempts to blame Bush for everything, there is one thing Kitfield got right: Afghanistan is quickly becoming Obama’s war.

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