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By macdoodle - Posted on 27 March 2009
PASS IT ON.
Speaking of this. I know i'm a broken record on this but how do so many lunatics gather in one place like Yahoo Buzz(on Obama's plan for the war. For Yahoo, does it look like Redstate or something? I don't go to conservative websites so I don't know. Well, I take that back, I rely on Yahoo for some of my news and so do a lot of conservatives it seems. They are a good news source though and have been "fair" it seems so i've stuck with them. First instance of this was about 2 articles I read well over a year and a half ago reporting on progress in the wars.
/end mild rant...
I hope his plans works out and like everyone else I worry about the troops. Imagine if we focused on Afghanistan to begin with. "What ifs" aside I have faith in the troops, Obama, and this plan. I'm going to sign the petition.
I have very mixed feelings on this one. While there's nothing I'd love more than for us to kill Bin Laden for what he did to America, we must realize a couple of things: 1. Killing Bin Laden alone won't dismantle Al Qaeda ( even if we can find him in one of the thousands of caves some other nut will pop up in his place)
2. There's a reason why Afghanistan is deemed a "graveyard of empires" (e.g. terrain, such as thousands of caves, climate, warring tribes so vicious that even Pakistani soldiers won't venture near). I'm afraid this could become our Vietnam.
3. I feel as if this is a war is (PARTIALLY-though few will admit it) is being increasingly fought out of a desire to have an immature p*ssing contest with empires past. It's a way of saying: "This time will be different then all the rest. This strategy of occupation may not have worked for the British or Russians or virtually anyone else who has ever tried it, but it will work for us because we're America dammit. We made it to the moon. We launched the weapon that gave man a power once reserved for the heavens. And, well...we invented the Rice Krispy's Treat too!" It's a means of proving our military is not impotent the way others' were. It is this kind of emotional thinking (not reason based) that is going to destroy us economically which is exactly what Bin Laden wants (ironically). Why do you think the Soviets lost? Because Bin Laden (who worked for us at the time) knew the goal was to drain them economically and force them out with their guerrilla warfare tactics from a terrain that is an occupier's nightmare and an insurgent's fantasy (caves, mountains, bitter cold weather). When all is said and done we'll have spent more money trying to kill one man (a figurehead by the way) than Rudy Giuliani spent winning one whole primary delegate. That is why Bin Laden wants for us to crumble economically because he knows he can't beat us any other way.
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