Since President Obama's speech Monday night the rise in skepticism over his words continues to grow. As one contemplates the logical progression of escalating the war in Afghanistan, the similarities to words spoken Obama are eerily reminiscent to those of spoken by prior presidents during ill advised wars.
The administration is already beginning the process of justifying the possibility of a prolonged stay beyond the eighteen month timeline to begin withdrawing troops as stated by Obama Monday evening. Defense Secretary Roberts Gates had this to say; The July 2011 date "will the beginning of a process, an inflection point, if you will of transition for Afghan forces as they begin to assume greater responsibility for security." Gates also said the pace of withdrawal would be decided by "conditions on the ground."
And there in lies the key phrase, "conditions on the ground", as this leaves the administration with the opening needed if things don't work out as planned. Reminds me of Vietnam and Iraq. And since Obama nor anyone else has uttered the words "we shall win this war" it really makes it hard to understand just what the goal is.
Yesterday Rational Nation USA posted a piece correlating President Eisenhower's Military Industrial Complex Speech and President Obama's Speech Monday night. It seems others share my thoughts as well. While I realize many take issue with Micheal Savage's outspokenness and strong conservatism he did a superb job compiling the following. There are things one can fault Savage on but on the issue of Afghanistan it is difficult, if not impossible, to rationally argue his points.
A USA Today/Gallup Poll indicates a slight majority of American people support Obama's Afghan strategy. It remains to be seen how long a majority will continue to support a dangerously misguided plan. And we haven't even begun to talk about the projected thirty billion dollars price tag (almost certain to be exceeded) yet.