There are renewed cries from Republicans and Democrats like Senator Dianne Feinstein for dispatching the 40,000 troops requested by General McChrystal in order to complete the mission in Afghanistan. The underlying assumption of Congressmen who support this view is that we actually have a “mission” in that nation and we actually “know” how to accomplish the mission. What exactly is in “jeopardy?” The government of Afghanistan is controlled by corrupt men who engage in drugs, who use their power to make money, and who, frankly, don’t give a damn about the people of Afghanistan except for members of their own group. What is American forces were able to drive every single Taliban from the country, what then would be the state of Afghanistan?
It would be run by a different group of greedy fanatics who abuse women and see government as a bank which hands out money to certain depositors. Until the “mission” is clarified, sending 40,000 troops this year only means dispatching an additional 50,000 next year. The last general to say we should reduce military expenditures was President Dwight Eisenhower who understood when to use force. He refused to allow American troops to get involved in the failing French effort to retain Vietnam. Events proved Eisenhower to be correct.