Thursday, August 27, 2009

What's Happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Not much it would seem, if you relied on the mainstream media. When this type of stuff happened under GW Bush it was headline news and evidence of how catastrophic his Iraq policy was. The death toll was conveniently provided on a daily basis back then.
But now, with Obama, the ramp up in casualties since Obama has shifted focus to that region doesn't seem to spark the outrage it once did. To be kind, it is at least reported. There's just no outrage. It's Obama's now. We all know he can't be criticized.

I've said this repeatedly and I'll say it again. That is a part of the world we are best served to leave alone. There are real terrorists there. They do want to kill Americans. But there we are best served by a defensive strategy. Going there on the offense is a no-win situation. Defensive strategies that contain the potential damage are sometimes appropriate. There are simply too many potential suicide bombers who have nothing to lose and do not place much value on human life in that region for us to win by going head-to-head. Yes, Iraq is different than that place. There are a number of criminals in Iraq to be sure. However, Iraq had and still has a good chance of entering into the modern world. Relatively speaking, I do not believe that to be true of Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan. We need to get out of there as soon as possible.

No comments: