I can’t explain why I haven’t been posting since July. Today, while visiting Fran’s Ramblings, I vented about Obama’s Afghanistan speech last night and realized why I hadn’t been posting: I have been trying to give the new president his "honeymoon" and didn’t want my voice added to the offensive and destructive diatribes of the far right and the party of no. My silence was offered in the hope of letting Obama do the right things after eight years of misery.
I overlooked some of the early Obama decisions as being centerist and cautious for the new guy in the White House. I wanted him to succeed.
I overlooked his earlier decision to send 21,000 troops more to Afghanistan in March. I overlooked his extremely tepid support of health care reform when he took single-payer off the table and compromised just about every progressive position in the hope of bringing one Republican into his "bipartisanship" point of view.
But, last night was a major turning point for me when it became official that he has authorized 32,000 more troops to a war that is only going to drain our resources of life and treasure. For a man who says he understands history, he focused on military reports and not on the lessons of Iraq, the lessons of Vietnam, the lessons of Lebanon, the lessons of Korea, and certainly not on the lessons of ancient history that reveal Afghanistan hasn’t left the 14th century yet and the US can’t pull them into the 21st century nor even the 19th century.
Sending in more troops with the goal of bringing all of the troops out in 18 to 24 months is shear folly. And, this from the man who is considered to be a student of history.
Sorry, Mr. President, I fear you have morphed into the neo-Bush!