PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BLIND SPOT-AFGHANISTAN

Now that the dust has settled over the firing of General Stanley McChristal, it’s time to take a brief look at the situation in Afghanistan. The Presidential appointment of General David Petraeus to lead the continuing occupation of the sovereign state of Afghanistan was met with cheers from all sides. After all, Petraeus was the architect of the “surge” in Iraq and his boosters are looking for him to perform the same feat in Afghanistan. The fly in the ointment is Afghanistan does not have much, if any, of a central government. At least in Iraq, there was a semblance of a central government, corrupt as it may be, for an entity to pick up the reigns. Afghanistan does not have much a central government, the so-called leader Karzai is as dirty as they come, his own brother is a leading drug lord in the country! In its long history, Afghanistan has never been progressive, in fact they almost choose to stay in the dark ages. It is a country composed of feudal lord run tribes. Even if the country had a central government, these fiefdoms, would remain independent and wouldn’t march to the beat of Kabul anyway.

So, that begs the question, why is the United States occupying this country? The land is worthless! The geography, both physical and human, make it impossible for an occupying force to ever succeed militarily. The U.S. has been there for ten years now to no avail. We have spent billions of dollars and have lost thousands of lives. For what? At least in Iraq, Cheeney and Bush sold the lie that it is a country flowing in oil and could be under our control someday. What does Afghanistan offer? Poppies!? Afghanistan has been invaded by forces many times in its history. No invading force has ever succeeded. So why then, does McChrystal, Petraeus, McCain, Graham, etc, believe military victory can be accomplished and will be done? I think it’s pure stupidity and false bravado on the idiots’ part. The country can’t be conquered and besides, why would anyone want it anyway?

Had the original plan been made to focus on Afghanistan and not Iraq, this discussion wouldn’t even be happening today. Had the emphasis been placed on the capture or killing of Bin Laden and the rest of the al Qaeda leadership in 2002 as it should have been, that would have been successful. The U.S. has succeeded in running al Qaeda and the Afghani Taliban leadership out of the country, they now base out of the mountainous region in bordering Pakistan. There are now less than 50 al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan. So now lets build our troop presence to 100,000 in Afghanistan to get after those 50 al Qaeda operatives. Does this make sense to any of you?

Had the U.S. gone after Bin Laden and the rest of the al Qaeda leadership in 2002, this is what the Mid-East landscape would be today; Afghanistan would be back as a peaceful self-contained nation of disjointed tribes trying to be led by whatever Taliban would be left, Iraq would still be under the brutal, but within its own borders, leadership of Saddam, there wouldn’t have been the waste of the trillions of dollars the U.S. spent in Iraq for no result, there would not have been the loss of tens of thousands of lives for no reason, possibly the world would have avoided the economic meltdown in part caused by the flushing of those trillions of unfunded dollars in the war in Iraq, under Hussein in Iraq, terrorists would still be banned from the country, as they were before the U.S. invaded and opened the borders to every terror group in the world that wanted to gain entrance but couldn’t do it because of Saddam’s intolerance of them. The U.S. would have been a stronger leader in the world because of smart, non-imperialistic foreign policy and the potential danger of the likes of Iran, and North Korea would have been decreased with the U.S. being strong and focussed.

Now, to fix today’s debacle we need to listen to Vice President Joe Biden. Let’s bring all of the troops home from Afghanistan, there’s nothing there for them to do anyway. Turn up the volume of special operations attacks on the hiding places in Pakistan to kill, root out and capture the rest of the al Qaeda leadership, including Bin Laden. Drone attacks have proven to be very successful. Now if the corrupt and fragile leadership of Pakistan wants to rid their land of the al Qaeda leaders and the Afghani Taliban, they will supply the ground troops to clean up after special ops have done their job. The Afghani Taliban are no threat to the security of the United States. They are guilty of being allies of al Qaeda and a desire to rule the tribes of Afghanistan.

I feel bad for President Obama because he’s gotten himself stuck in a no-win situation. His original thought of the real and just war as the getting after the al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan was proper. But, things have changed, al Qaeda is no longer in Afghanistan. To keep to his original word and be attractive to moderates and conservatives, he has now shifted the focus to “nation-building” in Afghanistan. This will be a never-ending cesspool. Besides, when is President Obama going to learn, the conservatives hate him and they will never support him on any of his efforts! That’s my story today about this quagmire, and along with Joe Biden, I have offered the simple and rational solution to the problem. Thanks for today’s read.
Cam Obert

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6 Responses to “PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BLIND SPOT-AFGHANISTAN”

  1. Your Sister Says:

    You are correct in everything you wrote EXCEPT they have discovered recently that the land is worthless. In fact, according to an article in the NY Times, June 13, 2010 ‘U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan’ — “The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

    An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.” Unfortunately for the Afghans, which had had decades of war, now the game really begans with countries vying for those riches. I suspect China will one of the first to work out a deal with the Afghan government.

  2. Your Sister Says:

    CORRECTION: They have discovered recently that the land IS NOT worthless. Sorry.

  3. Your Sister Says:

    Correction No. 2 (sorry again). “Unfortunately for the Afghans, which has had decades of war, now the game really begins with countries vying for those riches. I suspect China will one of the first to work out a deal with the Afghan government.” I HAVE had my second cup of coffee this morning so go figure.

  4. youandmedoweagree Says:

    Well, the original report about the so-called vast reserves of lithium in Afghanistan is well over ten years old. Why have they been sitting on this story? Is it because nobody has bothered to check it out. I have to believe, with the date of the original report, if it were true, Cheeney and Bush would have been a lot more aggressive in the offensive they launched in 2002 in the SOVEREIGN state of Afghanistan. The reason I didn’t reference the lithium story in my commentary today is because it , so far, has way too many holes and not enough facts or evidence, as I referenced by the lack of aggression displayed by the Cheeney boys nearly ten years ago!

  5. Your Sister Says:

    Per your blog from yestereday. “Boy, 8, tells Minn. council: Crack down on crooks
    July 7, 2010 – 10:37pm

    BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) – Eight-year-old Logan Fisher is fed up with crime. And he’s making sure the leaders of his Minnesota city know it.

    Logan was ticked because thieves broke into his Brooklyn Park home last month and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics, not to mention his wallet filled with quarters.

    So the soon-to-be fourth-grader climbed a stool and took the podium at this week’s City Council meeting. The Star Tribune reports he wrote out his speech in pencil, then had his mom type it up.

    He said, “We need to get mean and we need to mean it.”

    Deputy Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen agreed with Logan on neighbors watching out for neighbors and stepped up police patrols. But he said the boy’s idea to put an armored SWAT vehicle on the streets to scare criminals away wasn’t so practical.

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    Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

    (Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) – Eight-year-old Logan Fisher is fed up with crime. And he’s making sure the leaders of his Minnesota city know it.

    Logan was ticked because thieves broke into his Brooklyn Park home last month and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics, not to mention his wallet filled with quarters.

    So the soon-to-be fourth-grader climbed a stool and took the podium at this week’s City Council meeting. The Star Tribune reports he wrote out his speech in pencil, then had his mom type it up.

    He said, “We need to get mean and we need to mean it.”

    Deputy Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen agreed with Logan on neighbors watching out for neighbors and stepped up police patrols. But he said the boy’s idea to put an armored SWAT vehicle on the streets to scare criminals away wasn’t so practical.”

  6. Your Sister Says:

    I think the original plan for the Bush/Cheney duo was to have a pipeline from Central Asia to the Indian Ocean which carry oil across Afghanistan. “In 1998, Dick Cheney, now US vice-president but then chief executive of a major oil services company, remarked: “I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian.” But the oil and gas there is worthless until it is moved. The only route which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan.”

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