"WHEN FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA IT WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE FLAG
AND CARRYING A CROSS." -SINCLAIR LEWIS

Friday, May 14, 2010

Something Depressing Someone Else Said

"Nobody is winning," -Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan.

I'll admit, I can't see any way for us to get out of either Afghanistan or Iraq without the security situations in either country going south like a duck in winter but in order to prevent that from happening we'd have to permanently occupy both countries for what increasingly looks like forever and we cannot afford that on many levels. I say we leave both now while we can still do so on our own terms and then provide whatever support we can to at least staunch the bleeding. Otherwise we're just going to have to do the same thing a few more years down the road when we're forced to for lack of money, troops and equipment. It's not a pretty option but as far as I can tell it's the best one we have. The very nature of these two wars and how they were prosecuted has made "winning" highly impractical if not outright impossible. It's almost as if neither conflict was thought out too well from the start, huh?

(via)

2 comments:

ex DLB said...

Sounds like you're endorsing the Aiken solution, "declare victory and leave." Unfortunately, they don't make Republicans (or Democrats) like George Aiken anymore.

JBW said...

Word, ex DLB. I just think a measure of intelligence is knowing when not to beat one's head against a wall. An admission of an unfortunate reality, if you will.