A Necessary Question
Most of us in the "baby boomer" generation will always remember the refrain, "Why are we in Vietnam?" The answers from the political and military leadership of the time were confident, clear, and totally unsatisfactory.
Today, because there is no draft and because of the traumatic effect of 9/11, the voices raising the question, "Why are we in Afghanistan" are not as loud or strident. But the level of concern throughout this country is evident, and uncertainty about the U.S. military presence in that country is growing.
The recent Afghanistan election and the decision of the current government there to continue to support laws and customs that deny human rights to women are matters unlikely to instill confidence in American voters that an increased military commitment to Afghanistan is warranted.
Hopefully, President Obama can bring to this issue the clear-eyed analysis State Senator Obama brought to the Iraq situation when he concluded that armed conflict was not the answer. It will take a courageous leader to decide against escalating the war in Afghanistan. This president appears to have that type of courage.
Posted by: therapy | August 26, 2009 2:25 PM
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