Conservative Bow-Tied George Will Wants US out of Afghanistan

September 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Conservative Syndicated Washington Post columnist, George Will, called for U.S. troops to pull out of Afghanistan in his column on Monday. The always hawkish Will with his prim bow tie, helped the Bush administration drum the beats of war that led us into a misguided war in Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist.

Now the war lover Will, views the war in Afghanistan as hopeless and breaks with his fellow conservatives calling for an end to it.

In Will’s column entitled, “Time to Get Out of Afghanistan,” he spoke of the difficulties facing our mission with the Taliban hiding in the mountains and a growing drug trade with poppy production:

“The U.S. strategy is “clear, hold and build.” Clear? Taliban forces can evaporate and then return, confident that U.S. forces will forever be too few to hold gains. Hence nation-building would be impossible even if we knew how, and even if Afghanistan were not the second-worst place to try: The Brookings Institution ranks Somalia as the only nation with a weaker state.”

Will called for a drastic troop reduction, using offshore, “…intelligence, drones, cruise missiles, airstrikes and small, potent Special Forces units, concentrating on the porous 1,500-mile border with Pakistan, a nation that actually matters.”

Will compared a troop pull out to “…Bismarck’s decision to halt German forces short of Paris in 1870.”

The War in Afghanistan is leading to increased troop casualties, as the Taliban became more entrenched when the focus shifted to the Iraq war.

President Obama ordered 21,000 more U.S. troops into Afghanistan in February and March.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently spoke of our progress in Afghanistan, calling it “a mixed picture” with “many challenges,” while also acknowledging many “positive developments.



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