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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 01:58 PM
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109. IF TRUE, then Obama may have the COURAGE to do the RIGHT THING
What is the RIGHT THING to do in Afghanistan? It's easy to say pull our troops out now, but the consequences have to be considered -- such as the Taliban re-taking Kabul and the Repukes re-taking Congress and the White House when they successfully pin the blame for failure in Afghanistan on Obama and the Democrats.

However, unless the government in Kabul that we have been propping up can clean up the rampant corruption and develop the capability to be an effective government for the whole country, all the blood & treasure we pour into that country will be a tragic waste. We can't stay there forever, so the collapse of a weak corrupt Afghan govt would be inevitable.

Obama is apparently smart enough to understand that unless a vast change in Afghan politics takes place it is useless to conduct a nation-building operation there. The president is also smart enough to understand the political consequences at home if he decides to "cut and run" now. That course of action would require much more POLITICAL COURAGE than implimenting McChrystal's plan to send 40,000 more troops in a futile attempt to control a country that has been the graveyard of empires throughout its history.

This will very likely be the most important decision of Obama's presidency. What he decides and how he explains his decision to the American people will go a long way in determining whether he is the leader our country so desperately needs.
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