The United States is now entering the ninth year of a war in Afghanistan that has been bungled from day one by then President George Bush and his Napoleonic Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. American military leaders urged the president to commit large forces in Afghanistan and not be diverted by the ridiculous war in Iraq over the non-existent WMD. Their advice was ignored by Republican leaders and talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh supported those disastrous mistakes. Over the weekend an outpost in some God forsaken area in Afghanistan was assaulted by a large Taliban force and in resulted in the death of eight US soldiers.
Yes, it is time to “rethink Afghan” military strategy. The tragedy is that military leaders were not supported by Republicans and the result was a disaster in the making. General McChrystal now talks about ending sending troops to man outpost in desolate areas. Why were they sent there in the first place! More troops is not the answer. First step is deciding on a military strategy that makes sense in fighting the Taliban.
How about requesting assistance from the two great military strategists of the Republican party– Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney?