Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our clichéd decision

"Mr Eikenberry’s 11th-hour intervention could tip the scales in the White House." This is a line from the Economist article General disarray: America’s senior men in Kabul disagree over sending more troops to Afghanistan
How many clichés can we apply to our current situation? We all know that Obama is as busy as a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest, but putting off the decision about Afghanistan any longer is an invitation for dissention.  Too many cooks spoil the pot and the longer Mr. President waits the more opinions will be presented. In the meantime we are running around like a dog lost in the high weeds, leaderless and losing what little popular support we had.
This is a situation of damned if you do and damned if you don’t: no plan has a quick fix and none of them will give the situation any more support at home, but any plan is going to be better than banging your head against a wall while your generals argue. I might be barking up the wrong tree, but I say listen to Ambassador Eikenberry. As experienced as Gen. McChrystal is, Eikenberry provides a political insight on the ground could be the most accurate view of Karzai since the highly contested election. His opposition to substantially more troops would also allow Obama to buy an option for the price of a skinny chicken by focusing on a narrow counter-terror operation.
            While I’m glad our nation’s leader isn’t just flying by the seat of his pants, I’m worried it’s a sign of weakness that we haven’t gotten the ball rolling. Mr. President, most people who voted for you thought you were the best thing since sliced bread. Now I have to ask you: Are you a man or a mouse?

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