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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-05-09 01:09 PM
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15. Well said.
Edited on Mon Oct-05-09 01:17 PM by Psephos
Obama should listen to the real generals and ignore the armchair generals. (Sounds familiar, doesn't it?)

He may decide against McChrystal's advice, but it's paramount that it be a decision informed by professional military judgment and not political pressure from military dilettantes and ideologues.

Many seem to have forgotten that McChrystal was chosen by Obama, and his ascension to command accelerated, less than six months ago. Obama himself unambiguously declared Afghanistan a "war of necessity" seven weeks ago in his address to veterans. The vilification of McChrystal for speaking the truth is also a vilification of Obama's judgment in choosing McChrystal. Vilification is a razor sharp two-edged sword. We should leave it in its scabbard, and speak to the arguments, not the man.

It takes courage to do what's right when the choices are hard. What's right in this case is to either close up operations, and leave Afghanistan to Taliban control, or devise a strategy and commit the resources necessary to secure victory. What's wrong is to use halfway measures and finger-in-the-air decision-making. Such an approach inevitably leads to loss.
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