Sunday, March 18, 2012

Afghanistan Should Have Been a 10-Day War

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says President Obama has failed in Afghanistan.

Maybe so.

But his predecessor failed, too--miserably.

Fact is, the 10-years-old (and counting) war should have been a 10-day war. After 9/11, the United States should have formally declared war on Afghanistan and Al Qaeda--it would have been the first such declaration since World War II--and subjected the enemy to the most punishing aerial campaign since that conflict. The U.S. should have used all necessary means to utterly destroy the clerical fascist foe--and set an example for generations to come of the fate that befalls those who dare to attack the U.S. homeland.

But Bush blundered. He did too little too late, relying on elite forces and, incredibly, on notoriously unreliable Afghan warlords to dislodge, rather than destroy, the enemy, allowing Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden and their most senior commanders to flee into neighboring (nuclear-armed) Pakistan.

Bush then attacked Iraq instead of Iran.

But that's another story.