Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Looks like everyone agrees that Afghanistan is "Obama's War" now. Fair enough. What troubles me is that the same people seem anxious to see him fail at this war, as though the people who opposed Bush's adventurism in Iraq were rooting for the US to fail at that. People, this is not like watching Charlie Weis coach Notre Dame. As Joe Conason points out the negligent prosecution of the war against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan has resulted in the same kind of morass that Iraq is (and that those of us who opposed the Iraq war predicted). To the extent that there is good news here, it is probably that the Obama people recognize the extent of the problem, and have gone a long way towards restoring the US to the position it needs to be in the international community. Both Iraq and Afghanistan are diplomatic problems which we are going to need help with, and the nations that got burned the last time, like the UK, are not going to be falling all over themselves to pitch in. Who will? Well, that's an interesting question.