Obama’s Vietnam Redeux?

Since the end of World War II, only one American president has cut the defense budget an warned the nation about the growing danger of the military/industrial complex and that was Dwight D. Eisenhower who in World War II was commander of British and American forces in Europe. In 1956, Hungarians rebelled against their communist rulers and asked for American help, but President Eisenhower refused because fighting in Hungary could have unleashed another world war. In other words, he placed the interests of peace before the ideological feeling of “aiding democracy.” President Obama has announced he is sending an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. Obama has only been in office a month, but he felt the need to send troops because he most probably feels not to do so will place him under fire from right wing fanatics.

Prior to sending or not sending troops, it was necessary for Obama to develop both a short and long term policy for what to do in Afghanistan. The dispatch of these troops without having a plan is following the disastrous policy of America in Vietnam. Perhaps, the president might respond to these questions:

Is our goal defending the present government of Afghanistan?

Is our goal a military “victory” and can anyone define what constitutes a “victory” in Afghanistan?

Is our goal a negotiated peace? If so, with whom?

Is our goal creating an Afghan army that can wage the war against the Taliban?