Slowly but surely information is being revealed concerning the ineptness of the Bush administration in conducting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Recent reports in The New York Times and the New Yorker indicate confusion and disorganization regarding America’s role in Afghanistan and Iran. In 2001, the United States drove Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan and by failing to crush and capture his forces due to a desire for action in Iraq, he was allowed to escape. Since then Osama has built up a large al-Qaeda force which most probably includes at least 2,000 fighters from foreign lands. The lack of any coherent plan to deal with Osama bin Laden enables his troops to destabilize areas of Pakistan and transform the northwest region of that nation into an al-Qaeda stronghold.
The problem is being compounded by American operations inside Iran. A secret memo was uncovered which indicates A Special Operations Force is currently operating inside Iran and its goal is to destabilize the religious leadership of that country. What happens if an American soldier is captured during one of these operations and placed on trial? Will the United States bomb Iran?
The 700 page official history of the United States army pinpoints earlier Bush mistakes ranging from failing to provide sufficient forces for the invasion of Iraq to the ridiculous proclamation on an aircraft carrier that Mission Accomplished when it had yet to begin. Where does John McCain stand on these current issues involving Iran?