Senatorial Doubts About Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan has been going on for nearly nine years and each year whoever is the president or whoever heads the military assures the American public that things will eventually straighten out. Two leading senators who have made their careers focused on issues of foreign policy admitted they have doubts about the final outcome. They examined figures and conclude there simply is not sufficient evidence the Afghan army is becoming an effective fighting force or that President Karzai has the slightest interest in becoming an effective, honest leader of his nation. Senator John Kerry stated the problem cogently: “The problem is that the key element of this strategy is the one over which we have the least control, and that is the willingness and ability of Afghans to assume ownership of the efforts.” He also emphasized “we need a better understanding of exactly what the definition of success is in Afghanistan.”

Republican Senator Lugar was equally as pessimistic. He doubts if the United States can “remake the economic, political and security culture of Afghanistan.” Lugar and Kerry are not fear mongers, they do not play to the grandstand as does their colleague, Senator McCain. They want answers and apparently none are forthcoming.