Obama has plenty of time to make his decision on reinforcements in Afghanistan, he thinks.
For Obama’s lack of a direction in Afghanistan, and for every day of delay in making critical decisions, it is the US GIs who will pay a dear price, along with other allied forces.
Obama can’t decide whether to make friends with Taliban, or kill them. So he puts a token force of Americans against them, with suicidal rules of engagement tying their hands by limiting artillery and air cover. American victory is unacceptable to Obama. If the force of US troops is too small, our casualties will be higher. This is a lesson of war, and a lesson of Iraq. Obama had other business during Iraq, strongarming banks to write loans that would never be repaid. Afghanistan is much tougher than Iraq, if only because of the terrain. Then there’s the demonstrated of the hardiness of Afghanistan fighers for centuries against real commanders. Afghanistan is far too tough for Obama, apparently, who delays in a simple decision to reinforce the troops. All the cards are stacked against our troops – by their commander-in-chief.
US forces should leave Aghanistan entirely. Obama shows he is incapable of commanding them, and not worthy of their trust. Any action against elements in Afghanistan should be by drone only; except Obama will water them down too.
Ten American troops were killed at the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s US-led coalition.
In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight US soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taleban.
In the other an Afghan policeman opened fire on the American soldiers with whom he was working in central Wardak province, killing two and injuring three.
It was unclear whether the policeman was working for the Taleban or simply ran amok but the attack fuelled the distrust that many Nato soldiers already feel for the Afghan security forces that they are supposed to be working with and training as part of the coalition’s eventual exit strategy.