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Jon Stewart Mocks Obama, Calls Afghanistan “A Losing Battle”

Posted on June 25 2010 2:00 pm
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“Speaking of fighting a losing battle…”

That’s how Jon Stewart began his introduction to his coverage of the decision to replace General McChrystal with General Petraeus. Apparently, Stewart is pulling a Harry Reid and is declaring the war lost before the new counter-insurgency campaign can be fully implemented.

In the clip below, Stewart mocks President Obama for saying Petraeus will help us keep the momentum in Afghanistan after repeatedly saying the Taliban were the ones with the momentum. Fair enough—Obama misspoke or was trying to inject a little optimism about the war. He then turns to a news clip about how Petraeus isn’t going to really change McChrystal’s strategy on the ground.

“We don’t have the momentum and we’re going to stay the course,” Stewart says.

Watch the clip below:

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Of course Petraeus isn’t going to change much of the strategy—because the strategy hasn’t been implemented yet! We cannot come to a verdict yet on the success of the new strategy because the offensive into Kandahar, a centerpiece of the plan, has been delayed until the fall. And 10,000 of the additional 30,000 troops haven’t even arrived yet.

Stewart would probably rebut by pointing to the increasing casualties, but that has always been an expected part of the strategy. If there are more troops engaging in more battles and becoming more involved in the communities in outposts (as opposed to deploying them from large bases separate from the locals), there will be an unfortunate spike in casualties. This is done because, if the plan works, casualties dramatically fall after this spike. This is what we saw in Iraq once the surge began there, and it is what we should see in the surge in Afghanistan.

Harry Reid was wrong in declaring the Iraq War lost as the surge began. And Jon Stewart is wrong for declaring the Afghanistan War “a losing battle” as its surge began.

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