I have to confess I have grown extremely fond of our VP and the job he is doing since being sworn in as our VP. More and more I have to come view his selection as running mate as one of the best decisions Barack Obama has made. However in my opinion one of the worst decisions the president has made is not to follow his VP’s advice in regard to Afghanistan but instead decided to follow the advice of his more hawkish Sects of State and Defense. Unlike many of my fellow lefties I was pretty ambivalent when the president committed more troops to the war effort. After all he had campaigned on an increased effort in Afghanistan. However with the recent changes in the command structure I think it’s now time to take a cold hard look at just what we can accomplish in that wretched war torn corner of the globe. Frankly I wanted us to succeed in nation building in Afghanistan, the plight of women in that country breaks my heart, the behavior and policies of the Taliban appalls me on a very gut level. But after 10 years the Taliban is still a viable force within that country and the population of that country seems unwilling to deal with them on their own. Without an honest partner I don’t feel we can defeat the Taliban and the Karzai government is a lot of things, honest is not one of them.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t for a minute think our military presence in Afghanistan is soon coming to an end. quite the opposite. Al Qaeda is still a real threat to America and the West. Constant pressure must be brought to bare on them to lessen their effectiveness in waging terrorist attacks and judging by the success we’ve been having as of late in Pakistan following the strategy put forward by the VP for Afghanistan I think it’s getting very close to the point where I feel we should be applying the same tactics in Afghanistan. The other point is that the American people are losing their taste for this war, as well they should, it’s been a very long one! Barack Obama in my opinion cannot win re-election if we are still involved at current levels in Afghanistan, nothing will do more harm to Democratic Party unity than a party battle over this war. While it’s almost a certainty that the economy will be in better shape come the next general election things will still be tough. The Democrats need to provide a rational, united front to what the repugs present, that will not be possible if we Dems are engaged in a battle over this war.