I’m also for the U.S. to leave the rat hole of Afghanistan all to itself. Pull out every plug nickel that the U.S. ”invested” in it, and leave. I have for awhile come to the conclusion that ”nation building”, especially within an Islamic country, is a dead end, a fool’s errand. Western liberal (especially U.S. constitutional republicanism) democracy will never mix with Islam, it was destined to fail from the very beginning.
Yes, I was at one time, one of those who believed in the ”doing of something” for the M.E. region, but that was ages ago, or at least it seems like ages ago. We’ve been at war with fundamentalist Islam in a major way ever since 9/11 -yes, I acknowledge that there was the bombing of the Marines barracks in Lebanon, of the WTC, USS Cole and our embassies that preceeded 9/11- and the years go by so quickly.
I know Diana west, and have been following her column for years, and she’s one of the few that consistently gets it right on many fronts. I suggest that you read her blog regularly, she has much to offer, that being, the stark, naked truth with no holds barred.
NOTE: As for the resurgence of the Taliban, periodical drone attacks, when needed, and ”boots on the ground” to carry out surgical strikes against enemy terrorist camps etc.. That’s it.
A NATION BETRAYED
Below is an extraordinary, heart-stopping and historic letter. It is a letter SSG Matthew Sitton sent to U.S. Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young after his commanders in Afghanistan told him to “quit whining” about orders to lead patrols without objective “through, for lack of a better term, basically a mine field on a daily basis,” as Sitton wrote. Twice daily basis, in fact. On August 2, 2012, Sitton and another US soldier were killed in the IED-riddled field he spoke of. Eighty-one-year-old Rep. Young, who attends the same church in Florida as the Sitton family, this week announced he no longer supports the presence of US troops in Afghanistan and called for their withdrawal in advance of 2014. Young also held a hearing yesterday to ask the agency in charge of protecting troops against IEDs to explain why so many are still dying and suffering horrific injuries despite an annual budget of nearly $3 billion.
I support immediate withdrawal (“Let it go”) and commend the Congressman’s resolve — all but unique among his hundreds of peers in the House and Senate, which is in itself a national disgrace — but he is asking the wrong people the wrong question. This is a question of strategy that goes to the heart of the whole multi-billion-dollar nation-building endeavor predicated on a Big Lie that Islam and the West are compatible. It is time for Sitton’s commanders and their commanders and on up the chain of command to be questioned, to talk to We, the People about who devised and signed off on this morally and militarily bankrupt doctrine — counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy — that patriots such as Matthew Sitton have paid for with their lives. It is time for Generals Petraeus, McChrystal, Allen,Dempsey, Admiral Mullen and many more to face us and explain. This letter by Matthew Sitton, RIP, is the right place to start.
Read the rest here at Diana’s.