To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion.In response, President Lyndon Baines Johnson said to an aide
If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.Freelance writer Michael Yon isn't quite Walter Cronkite—who is today?—but he is someone whose opinion is to be respected. In a short note he starts out with:
This war is going to turn out badly. We are wasting lives and resources while the United States decays and other threats emerge. We led the horse to water.Yes, "We led this horse to water" but will the horse drink? This is an interesting analogy, given that there is a book out there, The Strong Horse, by a Lee Smith, which talks about what drives politics in Arab lands (not that Afghanistan is an Arab land, but we are reasoning by analogy here).
Just to make things worse, a Afghan Soldier, one of the guys on "our" side, shot and killed four French Soldiers. There is a Reuters Report to be found here, with video. President Nicolas Sarkozy has suspended French military operations in Afghanistan.
Now, a well travelled and well experienced American, blogging from Afghanistan, says it is time to pull the plug on this operation.
I am not yet ready, but Michael Yon has caused me to move my position and to entertain the idea of pulling out. For sure, the ultimate salvation of Afghanistan, the safety of those young women walking to school, for example, is for the Afghanis themselves to work out. We can't fix this all by ourselves. Nor can we fix it if we are swimming against the will of the Afghani People. We are not and can not be the world's policeman. If some groups are just going to do awful things to themselves, then they are going to do awful things to themselves and there is little we can do to prevent it, especially in remote locations that cost us a lot of money to get to and stay in.
I am looking forward to hearing what returning Captain Greg Page has to say. To the relief of this family and friends, he is "SHORT".
Regards — Cliff