NOW, CAN PRESIDENT OBAMA HANDLE ANOTHER CHALLENGE?…

Karzai with his buddy Bush II

…With Hamid Karzai making some really stupid noise in Afghanistan, can President Obama handle this flare-up? Karzai, yet another failed example of American nation building around the globe, was propped up by the Bush II administration. His true colors are coming forth now, those of corruption and cronyism. His own brother is a tribal leader, a runner and provider of poppies for production of heroin to fuel the world demand. This is the same background of Karzai himself. Once a thug, always a thug.

What was once a “noble war” to root out the international leaders of al Qaeda, has become a Vietnam-like quagmire. The U.S. seems to have been trying to keep this hoodlum in power, just like we did with Diem in Vietnam. As happened in Vietnam, there are no measurable positive results for our military efforts in Afghanistan. We have, virtually eliminated al Qaeda from Afghanistan, and are now using our 100,000 troops to keep stability in the country. For what? The people of Afghanistan do not want our military presence. The corrupt President Karzai is calling on the U.S. to stop demanding he clean up his act and house. Karzai, via the use of U.S. backing and of thug tactics in his country, was able to get “legitimately elected” in the recent elections. I believe, this was a total sham, and a huge slap in the proverbial American face.

In observing the behavior of Karzai and the general anti-American feeling of the population, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the end result will be. It’s really only a matter of when, not if. The Afghanis obviously prefer their pre-historic system of governance, a country divided and united by a series of tribal lordships. It’s land with no real natural resources of value to the outside world, it has very difficult terrain and topography making it difficult to control centrally, so why does Obama and the U.S. continue kicking a dead horse? The American military has apparently convinced the President that Afghanistan is a strategic ally that can not fall. Firstly, Afghanistan is a free and sovereign country, we have no business being there. They have never been a threat to the U.S. The trumped-up scare of the Taliban is just that! The Taliban has no interest in expanding beyond the borders of Afghanistan. They are an ally of al Qaeda. They will host al Qaeda operations. But, if not Afghanistan, al Qaeda will be in any number of places around the planet, including right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. This Afghan problem needs to be dealt with quickly and decisively. Our continued presence in Afghanistan will produce no positive results. It’s time to cut bait and move on before it becomes another Vietnam.

Now it’s time for President Obama to exercise his new-found “leadership legs”. Remember, he needs to lead the country through economic rebuilding and financial industry reform and regulation. These are to be his priorities. He must now utilize Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take on the Afghan/Karzai problem. With Clinton, the President has the most active and intelligent Secretary of State since the days of Dean Rusk under LBJ and Henry Kissinger under Nixon. Clinton, in combination with Vice President Biden and the assistance of Secretary of Defense Gates can get this done. Biden had Karzai figured out long ago. He has even walked out of meetings with Karzai because Biden couldn’t deal with such a crook in clear conscience.

A decisive resolution to the Afghani problem and our occupation needs to happen. Once right-wing America wakes up to the idea there is no way to military victory, and even if it were possible, why?, Afghanistan is a pre-historic way of life that has no interest in the modern world. If Clinton, Gates, and Biden can get a resolution quickly, that will save the country billions of dollars, save hundreds to thousands lives, and Obama will be the hero. It’s time Mr. President. It’s time to end this occupation of a sovereign state and let them return to what they had. You can be a hero, or you can go down in flames with Afghanistan. Make the right choice, soon. Thanks your read today and, as always, I look forward to reading your comments.

Cam Obert

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