Some generals "leak" their demands for more troops in Afghanistan, and suddenly, it's all over the news again. So, I'm going to repeat something I said not that long ago.
We have lost in Afghanistan. After we drove the Taliban from power, George W. Bush spent six years bombing the hell out of them, and doing absolutely nothing to demonstrate an American willingness to think about their welfare. Bush and Cheney taught them well that we exist to torment them, to kill their relatives without a second thought, to prop up a dictatorial government headed by a former Union Oil employee, and to never, ever do anything that might make their lives better.
My opinion? No matter what Obama does now, it's way too late to turn this situation around. They hate us, and with good reason.
If we had gone into Afghanistan and spent a quarter or a tenth of the two trillion dollars we dumped down the sewer in Iraq, hiring Afghan companies and Afghan workers, to build a modern infrastructure, we might have Afghans who were willing to give us credit for good will. But of course we had no good will, and we are now going to pay the price, in military defeat, which Republicans will of course spend the next half century blaming on Obama.
We've heard a lot the last few years about the defeat and humiliation that England and the Soviet Union faced in Afghanistan. Well, you know what? They didn't give a damn for the Afghan people either. Just like us, they were pursuing their global aspirations without a thought about what Afghans might think. And they paid the price. Afghans are not violent, unthinking animals, as they are portrayed by some in this country. They are also not fools, to be led around by the nose, like a pack of teabaggers. If we had shown them that we could think of their welfare, they might have had some concern for ours.