Abandoning Afghanistan

| May 3, 2011

In the Huffington Post today, Amanda Terkel announces “Mission Accomplished: Is It Finally Time To Leave Afghanistan?” and makes the case that the war is over there and it’s time to leave. She quotes some lawmakers like Barney Franks and Jerry “The Waddler” Nadler;

“The single biggest reason we went into Afghanistan was to get Osama bin Laden,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) at a Center for American Progress event Monday morning.

“If Osama bin Laden was still alive, that would have given some people an argument, ‘Oh you can’t get out of Afghanistan for reputational reasons.’ … Having killed Osama bin Laden deprives people who wanted to stay in Afghanistan for other reasons of the argument that we would be leaving in defeat,” he added.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told The Huffington Post in an interview on Monday that once the euphoria of the U.S. success in Pakistan wears off, the country needs to start reconsidering its Afghanistan policy.

“We accomplished what we had to do in Afghanistan a long time ago,” Nadler said. “We ought to stop wasting our troops and our money and our lives and get out. And this just shows that should al Qaeda establish a base there, we can go in and take it out as we just did in Pakistan. It just shows how superfluous everything we’re doing in Afghanistan is. Pakistan is more dangerous, and look what we did.”

So, to listen to those two, we went to Afghanistan merely to act on our revenge instincts. I’d like to think America is better than that. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, we left that country unable to attack us since – our initial motives maybe have been revenge, but the strategy was to wage total war and leave them impotent.

If we leave Afghanistan right now, history will record that we only wanted revenge for bin Laden’s attack on 9-11, when that wasn’t even our initial reaction. We left Afghanistan to it’s own devices in 1988 when the Soviets withdrew and it became a terror haven and a huge terrorist training camp. If we don’t build the military infrastructure to prevent that from happening again, what have the last ten years been about if not purely revenge for 9-11?

The Taliban have launched their Spring offensive already – they certainly think they’re at war while our politicians obviously think the war is over. Think the Taliban will go easy on our troops because the politicians have lost the will to see this through to a successful conclusion?

Harry Reid doesn’t even know where the troops are anymore;

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was also asked on Monday what bin Laden’s killing meant for the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. He initially slipped and said the President had committed to beginning withdrawal of troops “from Pakistan” but quickly corrected himself to indicate the correct country that the U.S. is occupying, despite the centrality of Pakistan to the effort.

John Conyers declared the war over;

With the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Long War that began on 9/11 is finally over. It’s time to bring our troops home, refocus our resources, reward the resiliency of the American people, and rededicate ourselves to rebuilding our nation.

The Democrats have obviously lost the will to continue, though the troops haven’t. If we don’t finish the job in Afghan, we’ll be back again, but not before we pay another terrible cost.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Congress sucks, Liberals suck, Shitbags, Terror War

Comments (16)

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  1. NHSparky says:

    Any excuse to bail out before the job is done.

    Pathetic people. My scorn for them knows no bounds.

  2. Claymore says:

    Oh, well I’m glad that’s settled.

  3. Old Trooper says:

    These are the same type of people that don’t want the score to be kept in a little league baseball game. Is the war on poverty over, even though we have spent billions upon billions of dollars over 45 years? They tell us it isn’t and keep coming up with new ways to try and spend other peoples money to get it done.

    Now, they think that Bin Laden being ventilated means the end of something they don’t like, even though the other side isn’t interested in ending anything. Do they really think that if we pull out and go home that it will be over? If they were in a street brawl and decided to quit and go home; do they think the person they were fighting with will just say “ok”, or will they get their ass beat?

  4. Miss Ladybug says:

    It’s not just Dems saying this. Both the morning and afternoon guys on WOAI – conservative talk radio in San Antonio – are saying we should leave Afghanistan now, too. And so does Dr. Jeff Addicott, former JAG (and former Green Beret?).

  5. Old Trooper says:

    Well, if they say so, then I guess we better just pack up our toys and go home?

  6. Old Trooper says:

    Just to let you know, Miss Ladybug, I’m not dissing on you with my comment, just the short sightedness of those that think we should just pack up and leave now.

  7. DaveO says:

    The Ghost of Inigo Montoya rises: ‘War? I do not think that words means what you think it means.’

    War is not a parent-teacher conference, wherein the parent leaves as soon as s/he gets lectured on Little Johnny’s putting Becky’s pigtail in ink, and why they both got detention.

    As an aside, doing an orderly exit from Afghanistan is going to cause Progressives to absolutely soil themselves for two reasons:

    – The cost alone could keep the continents of Africa and Europe running for a month.

    – The level of violence required to disengage rises to levels Progressives have never been responsible for, before. Lots of horror to go before they formally surrender.

    Those two reasons assume, of course, that the soldiers won’t be abandoned in Afghanistan and forced to surrender to the Taliban.

  8. Operator Dan says:

    He is speaking to the same organization that has fought Republican efforts to cut federal welfare programs but advocates cutting veterans’ benefits to help with the deficit.

  9. melle1228 says:

    I can’t even believe that these people think that OBL was even that important. He was a figurehead-nothing more. With this logic we could have stopped after 9/11, after all- all the 9/11 highjackers killed themselves for us.

  10. Miss Ladybug says:

    OT~
    I have to agree with you about this talk being short-sighted. I’m just making the observation that it’s not limited to just Dems being short-sighted about it.

  11. Old Trooper says:

    I agree, ML, there’s not monopoly on stupid in politics based on which side of the aisle you’re on.

  12. streetsweeper says:

    *VIETNAM* SAY IT AFTER ME….*VIETNAM*

  13. USMC Steve says:

    Faggot Frank is both stupid and wrong. We went into Afghanistan to destroy the Al Quaeda assets there as well as any Taliban forces since they supported AQ operationally and logistically. If Bin Boobie was found there he would have been taken out but he was not the sole reason for us going in there.

    That Barney the buttfucker got it wrong is not all that surprising since he is not really all that intelligent in the first place. Which was also demonstrated in his able handling over the years of Fanny and Freddie.

    Conyers is another dipshit. This war will never really be over until the terrorists give it up as a bad career choice.