pulling troops out of
Obama's plan for with-drawing troops from Afghanistan is, to say
the least, disappointing. Ever since the so-called 'police
action' in Korea a half century ago the United States has had a
problem in extricating itself from conflicts it never intended
attack on the World Trade Center it was fully appropriate to
mount a punitive military expedition to seek out and destroy Al
Qaeda, the acknowledged perpetrator and bring Osama Ben Laden
to justice. In the process it was logical to include as a target
the government which harbored him and his organization. But
something went very wrong.
Bush took advantage of overwhelming public support for the
incursion into Afghanistan to launch an unnecessary and, as it
turned out, unjustified invasion of Iraq and, for reasons never
fully disclosed, gave that priority.
the assassination of Ben Laden has made the Afghanistan conflict
unnecessary, President Obama has advanced a plan to withdraw.
But he has made the dreadful mistake of stretching the process
through 2014. That's by far too long.
count, according to the Department of Defense the war has cost
1,628 American lives and inflicted wounds and related injuries
-- many of them with lifelong effects -- upon 12,137 armed
The toll is
already too high. How much higher will it go during the coming
three and a half years? More importantly, we ask: For what
President should recalculate -- even if the admission implied
by doing so would jeopardize his bid for a second term -- and
order the military to have all our troops out of there no later
than the end of this year.