Finally, prominent journalists are calling the situation what it is without mincing words. Bob Herbert of The New York Times has written several courageous columns recently of the same ilk as Joel Brinkley’s (TNT, 6-29).
The war in Iraq was foisted on us by a naive, childish and arrogant President Bush and promoted by an evil, greedy and even more arrogant Vice President Cheney. The attack on Afghanistan post-9/11 was entirely justified, but the invasion that followed was folly in the extreme. We should have bombed the daylights out of Taliban positions and left with the warning of ever-increasing ordnance from the skies should they attack the U.S. again.
Invasion of that backward, unconquerable land is a monument to our inability to learn from history. We are babes in the woods in dealing with that part of the world.
As Thomas Friedman has pointed out repeatedly, we can’t want democracy and change for these places more than the people who live there want it.
The crushing disappointment is that President Obama doesn’t have the courage to call it quits. If he is concerned about appearing weak, I submit that the American people will see the far greater strength in telling us, clearly, that this administration will not waste another life or dollar on a futile adventure.
When, ultimately we extricate ourselves from these ill-advised conflicts, we will see that nothing has changed save for some local names and faces. We will have squandered thousands of lives and trillions of dollars for less than nothing.