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Monday, October 12, 2009

This is no time to tap dance on Afghanistan.

I can't believe I'm going to say this: for once I actually agree with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA):

FEINSTEIN: Now, should we stay there for 10, 12 years? General, I don't think so. I don't think the American people are up for that or want that. But I think -- I don't know how you put somebody in who was as crackerjack as General McChrystal, who gives the president very solid recommendations, and not take those recommendations if you're not going to pull out.
If you don't want to take the recommendations, then you -- you -- you put your people in such jeopardy, just like the base in Nuristan. We lost eight of our men. We didn't have the ability to defend them, and now the base is closing, and effectively we're -- we're retreating away from it. And so I think the decision has to be made sooner, rather than later.
Unfortunately, not listening to the Generals on the front lines is a common problem with Congress and even many Presidents. I can't understand why they take the position that they are not going to act quickly on recommendations made by these guys. Meanwhile, troops continue to be in jeopardy and die needlessly. While I realize you would never want to make a snap decision in matters of war, lest we not forget we are at war and crucial decisions should not be left to linger.

A surge worked in Iraq, it will work here too. America has to stop bringing a knife to a gun fight. We must act powerfully and without reserve if we want to get this thing done. A big reason it keeps dragging on and costing far too much money is because we are not treating these situations like war.......and if they are not war then why are we there?

Meanwhile, President Obama chooses to tap dance rather than act.