Abandoning Afghanistan

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 18, 2009

Via e-mail from Dan Spencer comes evidence that the Obama Administration is going to let Afghanistan twist in the wind:

The White House has said that it will take no decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan until it determines the new government is a “true partner”.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN TV it would be “reckless” to take such a decision without a thorough analysis of the new government.

Washington is debating a request for 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan.

Results from an investigation into fraud claims in the presidential poll are due in the next few days.
It is expected to reveal that incumbent President Hamid Karzai did not achieve more than the 50% of votes needed to avoid a second round.

No one doubts that there has been corruption and voter fraud in the recent Afghan presidential elections. But how does depriving Afghanistan of the troops needed to ensure its security against the Taliban–and ensure American interests in the process–help get rid of corruption and fraud? No one knows what the White House means when it states that it wants a “true partner,” and its comments are meant to do nothing more than to kick the can down the road when it comes to determining troop levels in Afghanistan.

Naturally, in addition to refusing to make the tough but needed choices on Afghanistan, the White House is also–wait for it–blaming the Bush Administration for the problems Afghanistan is facing. One would think that eventually the Obama Administration would actually, you know, take charge rather than resorting to its reflexive and time-honored strategy of saying that all of its impending failures are the fault of the Bush Administration, but apparently, the level of maturity needed for the White House to stop blaming and start leading is not yet in evidence over at 1600 Penn. Ave.

Maybe we could convince the Obama Administration to fight a little harder if we fooled it into thinking that the Taliban is run by FoxNews. Apparently, Fox is the only entity this Administration is interested in fighting against.

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