General McChrystal understands he has a duty to protect the men and women that serve under him. He was hand picked by President Obama, and now has been totally shut out from the Administration.
The Taliban are organizing and regrouping and have become an effective fighting force. So effective that they are successfully winning the war. Or at least have the upper hand.
And don’t think the Taliban have not noticed the indecisiveness of Obama. He appears weak and unable to make decisions, and unwilling to allow his military commanders to advise him. And the Taliban see that as their road to victory over US forces. Right now, they feel like they have us by the throat, and they do. They are convinced that Obama does not have the intestinal fortitude to fight a fierce and bloody battle, and they are bringing on the fight. The more casualties they can inflict, the more likely Obama will be to cut and run.
The problem is, Democrats have no idea how to use the military to fight foreign enemies. Which is not to say the Democrats don’t know how to use the Military as a weapon. The past two decades, they have honed their Military skills by using the Armed Forces, not against foreign threats, but against Republican Presidents.
Pictures of flag draped caskets flooded the Mainstream Media. Anti-War protests (that were actually anti-Bush protests) were daily staples of the MSM news. One wonders where these have gone. Congressional Democrats and Senators were demanding timetables for withdrawal, refusing proper protective gear and munitions for our troops and amending Military appropriations bills to death with unrelated pork and generally playing politics with the Military to harm the president.
Oh, they can use the offensive capabilities to drop a few bombs to take an affair with an intern off of the front page, but conducting a real, honest to God military operation is totally beyond the abilities of the Democratic Party and President Obama.
Each and every Democratic President for the last 30 years has demonstrated a total inability to effectively execute a military operation.
On April 24, 1980, then Democratic President Jimmy Carter ordered a rescue mission for the 52 American hostages held in Iran. Carter and his staff micromanaged the mission to such a level that the entire mission blew up in Carter’s face – literally. Eight servicemen were killed in a disaster that never made it out of the staging area in an isolated section of the Iranian desert. To the world, America looked weak and foolish and at the mercy of rogue regimes like Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
It was 12 years before another Democrat was trusted as Commander-in-Chief. How quickly they forgot.
On October 3, 1993, then President Clinton presided over another resounding defeat at the hands of radical Muslim extremists. When two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in a mission to capture a Somali War Lord, the Clinton Administration refused to send in extraction teams to rescue the fallen and those pinned down. As a result, 18 US Soldiers were killed and 84 wounded. Clinton became the second US Democratic President to be defeated by Islamic Militants.
And now comes Obama. Indecisive, unable to trust his hand picked advisers to prosecute the war, and the Democrats, who know more than anyone else, are about to micro manage the military again.
Is there any doubt where this will lead?
The deaths attributable to Obama’s inaction have already exceeded the combined losses of the last two inept Democrats that held the office of Commander-in-Chief. No good will come of Afghanistan with Democrats in charge.
Iran and Somalia are still a problem. We are about to add Afghanistan to that list.
It is time to cut our losses and totally pull out of Afghanistan. Of course it will make the situation far worse to pull out, in the long run. But the Democrats have only proven effective at using the military on Republicans. They render the armed services impotent against foreign enemies when they are in charge. In the Military it is called demonstrated unreliability.
It is inevitable that the next Republican Administration will be called on to clean up the mess the Democrats always make with the Military. It would be nice to leave a few soldiers alive for the Republicans to use to fix Democrats mistakes.