Afghanistan’s Stabilization in Jeopardy
Posted by Joshua Price on December 17, 2007
Though not being as widely reported as Bush’s new strategy in Iraq it appears that Afghanistan is about to go in a different direction as well.
There was an article in The New York Times on Saturday and in The Washington Post today reporting on the potential new strategies in Afghanistan.
This is from The Washington Post:
With violence on the decline in Iraq but on the upswing in Afghanistan, President Bush is facing new pressure from the U.S. military to accelerate a troop drawdown in Iraq and bulk up force levels in Afghanistan, according to senior U.S. officials.
Administration officials say the White House has become more concerned in recent months about the situation in Afghanistan, where grinding poverty, rampant corruption, poor infrastructure and the growing challenge from the Taliban are hindering U.S. stabilization efforts. Senior administration officials now believe Afghanistan may pose a greater longer-term challenge than Iraq.
So what is one possible new approach Bush may be considering in Afghanistan?
Administration officials said the White House is considering a range of steps to stem the erosion, including the appointment of a leading international political figure to try to better coordinate efforts in Afghanistan.
When is this administration going to realize that we are losing in Afghanistan because we have fought a politically correct war. It’s not because there aren’t enough “boots on the ground,” or the fact that we don’t have a well-respected international political figure overseeing things. It is simply because we haven’t used enough force.
Let’s be clear, force doesn’t necessarily mean more troops. It my estimation we need more use of our supreme air power in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Republicans need to realize that Bush was either talked, or bullied, into fighting this war in a politically correct fashion. Now I understand the bleeding heart liberals will wholly and vehemently disagree, but I don’t care.
We keep hearing that the main difference post 9/11 is that Bush treated terrorism as a military, not a law enforcement issue. Well I’ll give Bush the fact that we have used the military in pursuit of the Islamofascists but we have not used it appropriately.
The bottom line with all of this is we will not begin to win the War on Terror until we realize that we must get as forceful as our enemy is willing to get, and then more!