Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Afghanistan Next?

For years we have heard many on the left say we need to get out of Iraq so we can focus on the terrorists and win in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has always been the "good war". Those who want to retreat in Iraq imply that they want to win in Afghanistan.

I have always been skeptical of this position.

Today you can see the first of what will be more calls for retreat from Afghanistan as well. Early on it was politically stupid to mention this. Now however the left is starting to feel OK about letting us know what they really feel about Afghanistan as well.

A few congressional Democrats go so far as suggesting that the Pentagon should pull out of Afghanistan now, while others say that troop withdrawal will be addressed after the military is out of Iraq.
It is not just obscure Democrats talking about this. Here is a choice quote from Rep. Murtha (D-Pa):

“We should have never gone to Iraq, because we would have been out of Afghanistan [by now],” Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said in a brief interview.

So if these people have their way we will retreat from Iraq ASAP and then in short order the drumbeat will steadily increase saying that we cannot win in Afghanistan and must retreat from their as well.

The consequences of retreat from Iraq for the USA and for the Middle East are likely to be disastrous. I hate to imagine the fallout from also pulling out of Afghanistan as well.


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