On March 27, The New York Times reported that:
With a bloody suicide bombing near the Khyber Pass adding urgency to his words, President Obama announced on Friday that he plans to further bolster American forces in Afghanistan, increase aid to Pakistan, and set strict standards for measuring progress in fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in both chaotic countries.
Undoubtedly we don’t have all the information but I find this news troubling. And confusing.
It would be an enormous coup if President Obama could locate Osama bin-Laden.
But can a war be successfully waged against Afghanistan? From the successful 1973 coup against then-king Zahir Shah to the disastrous Soviet occupation, Afghanistan has been a deeply troubled state.
I don’t think we should shy away from a battle because it’s difficult. At the same time, I wonder if the US and world community have the will, resources and commitment to ‘win’ the war — and I’m definitely not sure what that would mean. What would it look like? But the more troubling issue is what would happen with the peace?
I’m starting to see dazed Iraq vets trickle back home. Some of them are already on the streets. It’s not just whether the Afghanis can survive the escalation. It’s whether we can.