I doubt there’s anything President Obama can say tonight to convince me we should be sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
We went into Afghanistan to get Bin Laden. We screwed up and he got away. End of story. There’s no further reason for us to be there unless Bin Laden is sighted. If a feuding, fighting, tribal society wants to keep fighting and destroying itself from within, it’s not our fight. It never was. Spending U.S. blood and treasure to pacify and democratize another country is nation-building, pure and simple, and we’ve got no business doing it.
Al Qaeda and the Taliban reside nowhere and everywhere. They’re not a state-sponsored army; they’re a diverse group of religious extremists. If we drive them from Afghanistan, they’ll just go someplace else, most likely Pakistan. Will we then go to war in Pakistan? And after Pakistan, where? Back to Afghanistan? On to another country?
We’re already stretched thin, financially and militarily. Let’s focus our finite resources on this country and get some things done here (eg, rebuild New Orleans, police our borders, get the economy back on track).
Let’s end Bush’s wars, not prolong them.