Obama’s Afghan Dilemma

by Daniel Russ on May 27, 2010

US Troops On Patrol In Afghanistan

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied military commander in Afghanistan, sat gazing at maps of Marjah as a Marine battalion commander asked him for more time to oust Taliban fighters from a longtime stronghold in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

“You’ve got to be patient,” Lt. Col. Brian Christmas told McChrystal. “We’ve only been here 90 days.”

“How many days do you think we have before we run out of support by the international community?” McChrystal replied.

A charged silence settled in the stuffy, crowded chapel tent at the Marine base in the Marjah district.

“I can’t tell you, sir,” the tall, towheaded, Fort Bragg, N.C., native finally answered.

“I’m telling you,” McChrystal said. “We don’t have as many days as we’d like.”

Source: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/24/94740/mcchrystal-calls-marjah-a-bleeding.html#ixzz0ouYlimzU

Herein lies Obama’s dilemma. He cannot really leave Afghanistan. The more he pulls out forces, the bigger the defeat it will look like. After eight years we are pulling out of Korengal Valley. Marja’s surge has not been successful. Kandahar airbase receives sporadic mortar fire, enough to shut it down whenever the Taliban choose. The Afghan police smoke more weed than Bill Maher and frankly there is no sense of national unity or identity in the majority of these bronze-age people. McChrystal told reporters that Marja is the “bleeding ulcer” of Afghanistan.  Afghan is the bleeding ulcer of our already debt ridden economy.  And Obama realizes that he has to find a way to get us out of there without appearing to be weak.

Good luck.

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