During the campaign, one of Barack Obama’s planks was that he was going to end the war in Iraq in a relatively short time frame. He even took the 100 year comment by John McCain out of context to drive the point home. What was a much less promoted plank was that he was going to turn those troops right around and send them to Afghanistan.
Yes, Obama did say that the real war was in Afghanistan, and we should be going after Bin Laden (who, was killed in Tora Bora in 2003-c’mon people), but the revelation that his administration’s assessement of conditions in Afghanistan are worse than Iraq sounds like yet another quagmire on the way.
Richard C. Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan gave the gloomy assessment to an audience of European policy hacks, which, in true Euro form, didn’t elicit the I’m with you response I’m sure Obama was hoping for.
All those anti-war protesters, burning the Bush effigies in the streets (believe me, I wanted to torch few myself for myriad of reasons), demanding our troops come home from a ridiculous war will now have to grapple with the fact that a now flat broke United States will be upping the ante in Afghanistan. It remains to be seen just what kind of glow Obama still has after the body bags start to pile up in the failed narco state that is Afghanistan.