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Wargames 101

WASHINGTON, DC - Let's go over it again: bombing Afghanistan after 9/11 makes sense. Overthrowing the Taliban and killing as many as unequivocal victory requires makes sense. Rewarding them by rebuilding their infrastructure doesn't make sense. We have poor and disenfranchised here in America. Thinking that we will somehow get the Afghans to take on our traditional values and reject their own doesn't make sense. Telling the American public that things are going our way in Afghanistan, despite all the evidence to the contrary doesn't make sense.

Let's go over it again: bombing Afghanistan after 9/11 makes sense. Overthrowing the Taliban and killing as many as victory requires possible makes sense. Rewarding them by rebuilding their infrastructure doesn't make sense. We have poor and disenfranchised here in America. Thinking that we will somehow get the Afghans to take on our traditional values and reject their own doesn't make sense. Telling the American public that things are going our way in Afghanistan, despite all the evidence to the contrary doesn't make sense.

This is no way to run a war. There's nothing kinder or gentler about fighting without a winning strategy to defeat the adversary.

I think the NFL season has started, so to use a football analogy, you don't declare yourself the victor in the first 10 minutes of the game after you score the first touchdown of the game. You don't then start helping the other team carry the ball down the field towards your OWN endzone, all the while asking them "now do you like us?". You don't ask them if you can carry their helmet for them and offer them a waterbottle as they are marching towards their touchdown.

The attempted comparison between Afghanistan and Japan and Germany after WWII is so extremely wrong that it's hard to know where to begin. We have not "defeated" the jihadists in Afghanistan, Iraq, or anywhere else in the world, the way we defeated Germany and Japan. We have won military victories whenever and wherever we have faced the jihadists; our military (including Israel's and UK's) is beyond comparison. But we have done NOTHING to convince the Islamic ummah, dar al-Islam, that they cannot win. We have not convinced them that we will not allow their values into our society. We have not made it clear that they are not welcome in our society. If America is losing in Afghanistan, it is not a military failure, it is a policy failure, a policy of avoiding knowing or admitting who (or better, WHAT) the enemy is.

Submitted by Rodney Karp
September 15, 2006

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