A Clear and Present Danger
Not to pile on, but…
A senior U.S. intelligence official told ABCNews.com the approximate estimate of 100 al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan reflects the conclusion of American intelligence agencies and the Defense Department. The relatively small number was part of the intelligence passed on to the White House as President Obama conducted his deliberations.
We’re not interested in gotchas here, but our critique remains: Barack Obama failed to make the case Tuesday night.
President Obama’s Secret: Only 100 al-Qaeda Now in Afghanistan [ABC, via Political Wire]
So, with 100,000 troops ultimately deployed, our leverage ratio will be 1000 to 1. That really ought to get it.
I dont think he could actually make the case that needed to be made. its a covert case for a covert war and its really about Pakistan as much if not more than Afghanistan. at least that is my impression/opinion.
he seemed to me to be trying, between the lines, to say that last night.
which is not to argue with you point that the case was not made all that well. which is also my major criticism.
@Capt Howdy: He didn’t have to say “oh, and we have a bunch of CIA drones taking out AQ operatives.” But you can’t predicate a war on a public lie — among many other problems, it undermines your supporters.
This isn’t at all simple, is it? Nukes, geopolitics, jihad, the drug trade, oil pipelines, and on and on and on-
-or perhaps, just perhaps, it isn’t at all complicated. We have no clear objective, no real support from the indigenous people, are in a country referred to by historians as “the graveyard of empires”, and will have to take loans from a repressive police state to pay for our occupation in a time when we can’t even afford to feed the swelling ranks of our own destitute citizens.
BRING THEM HOME NOW.
may I just say, I hate defending Obama. I sincerely dislike and distrust the guy.
so its a dirty job but . . . .
Do Pile On!
And if this is really about Pakistan and nukes, as I and others have said, that kind of thing can be handled by the State Department, CIA, FBI, etc.
An invading and occupying army in Afghanistan isn’t going to do squat to keep a mushroom cloud away from New Delhi.
@Capt Howdy: I lost the minimal respect I had for the guy before the election, shortly after the inauguration. It didn’t take much more than the appointment of Rahm to Chief of Staff; but has given me so many more reasons anyway. Completely gratuitous!
@Pedonator: An invading and occupying army in Afghanistan isn’t going to do squat to keep a mushroom cloud away from New Delhi.
Well, there’s the argument that needs to be made, whether or not we agree with it. But it was almost a footnote last night.
And to rehash the Morning Blather, the argument needs to be made in terms of the problem, and whether an occupying force is the best way to deal with it. The last part of the speech, addressing “critics,” only covered military solutions.
It really did feel like Shrub with most of the Orwell removed. I wasn’t expecting to be pursuaded, but I thought at least he’d put up a good fight.
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