IS A PRE-ANNOUNCED WITHDRAWAL DATE ANY WAY TO WIN A WAR?
As the war in Afghanistan entered its 12th year Sunday, the Taliban sent along a little love note marking the anniversary:
“With the help of Allah, the valiant Afghans under the Jihadi leadership of the Islamic Emirate defeated the military might and numerous strategies of America and the NATO alliance. And now, after eleven years of unceasing terror, tyranny, crimes and savagery, they are fleeing Afghanistan with such humiliation and disgrace that they are struggling to provide an explanation.”
Listen – don’t get me wrong – if this hellhole of a country wants to return to the 7th century, all the power to it to do so. But the obscene fact that the United States has spent in excess of a trillion dollars and more than two thousand American lives before allowing Afghans to return to the days of beheadings in soccer stadiums is a tragedy of historic proportions.
And – like it or not, Obamabots – the legacy of Afghanistan will rest squarely on the shoulders of Barack Hussein Obama. Much like Jimmy Carter will be forever remembered for having been humiliated by the Iranian “students” who held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days – refusing to release them until minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the nation’s 40th president, O will be remembered for not only presiding over a war which saw more than twice as many U.S. military deaths during his four years in office than those under eight years of the Bush Presidency, but also for pre-announcing a U.S. withdrawal date to the Taliban.
The result? Failure of a Taliban peace deal – a one-time much-ballyhooed cornerstone of the Regime’s Afghanistan exit strategy – for which O promised to do everything but buy iPhones for Taliban fighters. And now – Sunday’s mocking statement. But, hell – who can blame them?
Imagine a scenario in any of the epic battles of WWII – D-Day, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal – in which either side had announced in advance that not only would it withdraw from combat, but also – the very date it planned to do so. I’m no General Patton, but common sense dictates that any or all of those battles would likely have turned out much differently. As most likely, would have the war itself.
So, while O will shamelessly continue to claim a successful end of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan – as he has (incorrectly) done regarding the hasty withdrawal from Iraq – the Taliban knows better.
So does the whole of the Islamic Middle East. So does the rest of the world.