September 2, 2009 Leave a comment
A recent column by conservative columnist George Will has ignited a firestorm among the political right wing in our country. In his column, Will has proposed a substantial withdrawal of ground forces from Afghanistan.
There is mounting pressure from the left wing “peace” movement to withdraw as well. While protester Cincy Sheehan got lots of press coverage during the Bush administration, there does not seem to be the same level of media interest in her now that she is protesting a Democratic President. I wonder if the media will call for a face to face meeting between President Obama and Ms. Sheehan? I won’t hold my breath for that.
I supported the use of military force to go after the Taliban in Afghanistan. However, I believe George Will’s column brings up a good point: what is our exit strategy?
We should always consider the consequences of military action before we commit troops. At what point will we be withdrawing from Afghanistan?
I am not suggesting we “cut and run”. I am not suggesting that we “admit defeat”. What I am questioning is how we define success. As Reason Magazine is pointing out, the current regime in Kabul (U.S. supported by the way) now has legalized marital rape. Women are not allowed to leave their homes unless male relatives allow them to. Is this the kind of government we want to support with our military?
We have now had our military in Afghanistan for eight years. At what point will we be able to wrap this thing up, and bring our troops home? Or are we to stay for 100 years as a former Presidential candidate suggested we do in Iraq?
We need to figure out how to get out of this situation. The status quo should not be acceptable. President Obama is ordering an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan. We still have troops in Iraq as well. Our military men and women are being asked to risk their lives, and we do not seem to have an exit strategy.
It is time for the Democrats and the Republicans to quit calling it “Bush’s War” or “Obama’s War”. It is time for us to start putting America first, and work together for a solution.