We are no longer seen as liberators, willing to take the fight to Taliban jihadists, but as the very opposite: an imperial army that wishes only to expand its geopolitical footprint while lacking the desire to defeat the enemy. We are widely viewed by many Afghans as feckless occupiers.
Mr. Obama was never serious about winning. This is his most reprehensible and immoral act as president, one that will haunt him and America for years to come. Under his command, more than 1,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan. They were sacrificed to bolster his political standing at home.
Mr. Obama did not want to be seen as weak in the war on terror. But he never had a clear strategy for victory, and he refused to listen to his commanders on the ground. Now that the tide of public opinion has turned against the failed campaign, the president seeks to reposition himself as a responsible dove. He has been driven by one overriding impulse: cheap expediency.
The consequences will be disastrous. Our departure will be celebrated by Islamists everywhere; the Taliban will triumphantly claim they outlasted — and defeated — the “Great Satan.” Our prestige as the world’s remaining superpower will be dealt a severe blow. We will be seen as an unreliable ally and a weak adversary, a paper tiger that can be bled to death by a band of primitive fanatics.
“My soul, and the soul of thousands of Taliban who have been blown up, are happy,” Taliban leader Jamal Khan told the Daily Beast of his reaction to Mr. Obama’s announcement of a U.S. troop pullout. “I had more than 50 encounters with U.S. forces and their technology. But the biggest difference in ending this war was not technology but the more powerful Islamic ideology and religion.”
The vacuum is being filled by our mortal enemies. Kabul is forging an alliance with Iran, China and Pakistan. Anticipating Washington’s withdrawal, Afghan President Hamid Karzai already is looking for patrons in Tehran and Islamabad. He also is negotiating a power-sharing agreement with the Taliban. Moreover, America’s retreat has emboldened Mr. Karzai to erect a creeping dictatorship. He is accused of stealing millions in U.S. aid. He recently disqualified many opposition lawmakers who won in September elections from serving in parliament.
His thuggish behavior has triggered a backlash. Minorities — Uzbeks, Tajiks, Hazaras — have formed a political alliance. Their goal: to stop Mr. Karzai’s growing authoritarianism. They fear that the Pashtuns,Afghanistan’s largest ethno-national group and the one to which Mr. Karzai belongs, are seeking to impose centralized rule. In short, the country is fracturing along ethnic and tribal lines. Once again, civil war looms.
This week’s deadly suicide attacks on Kabul’s InterContinental Hotel highlight the West’s failure to stabilize Afghanistan. The hotel is supposed to be the most secure place in the whole country; it is where many Western diplomats and journalists stay when visiting. It is Kabul’s equivalent of Baghdad’s infamous Green Zone, a supposedly impregnable security perimeter. If the Taliban can hit it, nothing – and no one – is safe.
When Mr. Obama proclaimed his surge in 2009, I warned that it would lead to defeat and catastrophe. Like President Johnson in Vietnam, Mr. Obama repeated a fundamental error: committing America to war without the political will and military means to win. LBJ’s mistake eventually cost 58,000 U.S. lives and consigned much of Southeast Asia to totalitarian communism. It also cost him re-election.
Mr. Obama is the LBJ of our time: an overly ambitious president wedded to socialism at home and nation-building abroad. He is defined by failure. And as Americans continue to come home in body bags, dying for a lost cause and a failed war, public anger will only grow and intensify. Vietnam destroyed LBJ. Afghanistan will destroy Mr. Obama.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio talk show personality and a columnist at The Washington Times and WorldTribune.com.
Loser Boy Johnson got 58,000 of my co-workers killed in Jungle Hell because he was an incompetent dunce meddling in military matters he had no bloody clue about. President Obumbles is cut from the same cloth.
chuck in st paul
9:47 a.m. / Monday, July 4, 2011
Regrettably Mr. Kuhner should have checked my blog which predicted that Mr. Obama would succeed beyond belief in Afnamistan, as he fully intended to make it a butcher shop for American Soldiers, turn it all over to the Taliban again and so bloody the American psyche as Vietnam was intended so she would never get involved in wars for freedom again.
That is a great deal for people to deal with, as they consider Mr. Obama to have some form of allegiance to America, when he is instead a global citizen who has been busy undoing all of Ronald Reagan's liberation of the world and has utterly wiped out the George W. Bush crescent containment of the Eurasian thugs of Bolshevism, Maoism and Islamocommunism.
The only thing Obama failed at is getting rid of President Karzai with those MI6 Marxists who overthrew the Shah with Brzezinski. Obama though did turn Mr. Karzai into a person who hates America after that coup, so that is success in a way as Mr. Obama completed this same task in converting the leashed Gadhafi into a new terror thug again, which is all by design, as the design of this is as I have stated without predictions, to create a New Roman Empire with these satrap secular Marxist Muslims running the show like King Herod was over Jews with Pontius Pilate governors handing out orders.
This American centric view is really a problem for all examining this, as they think Mr. Obama wanted American results. Mr. Obama wants Eurasian global order results from his disorder to create the world feudal society.
Sure it sounds a great deal like Revelation and the Bible and it is, but Mr. Obama is no anti Christ, even if he auditioned for the anti Messiah role.
Instead Mr. Obama is the anti-Reagan, anti-American, and literal not an American by birth or documentation.
His birth abstract released in April was a forgery and now proven as such by numerous forensic tests. That is a crime and we could all get our country back if the folks all being paid to keep that Mockingbird operation going would speak up, our words would not have to be over dead U.S. Soldiers in Afnamistan and words to their families.
Obama has damaged these United States beyond repair. His actions will cause a series of wars now in testing America, humiliating America and an eventual Armegeddon gathering of the world in Eurasia in that great war which is coming.
Mr. Obama has had a plan and has been extremely successful, one though has to look at this from the vantage point of Peking, Moscow, Berlin and Tehran. Then one sees this Asian African child named Obama has been serving their international socialist policies with almost perfect results.
7:25 p.m. / Friday, July 1, 2011