There can be only one definition of victory in Afghanistan…eliminating the ability of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to organize and launch terrorist attacks against the United States and other western countries from there. After listening to President Obama’s speech from West Point we must conclude that this goal cannot be achieved. If the U.S. was willing to make a strong long term military commitment it quite possibly could be. Since America isn’t it can’t be.
What is there to do then now that defeat has been conceded by Obama?
Since any possibility of victory in Afghanistan has been removed President Obama’s 30,000 troop surge and NATO’s pledge of another 7,000 troops become non-starters. Instead, we should minimize our presence there as soon as it is feasible to do so, seal off the border regions as much as possible and pour our resources into supporting and strengthening Pakistan, wiping out as many Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives as we can along the way. We should do two other things as well.
We should remember Obama’s naive, weak, flaccid, shortsighted, politically motivated and dangerous decisions about Afghanistan and toss him out of office in the 2012 Presidential election and we should get serious about finding and capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden.
What a couple of victories that would be.