Monday, May 14, 2012

The Watcher's Forum: Should The U.S. Pull Out Of Afghanistan And If So, How And When?

As you know, the Watcher's Council represents the cutting edge of political thought in the blogosphere. You already read their weekly offerings on the issues and if you're really on the ball, read their incisive and stimulating sites.

Over at the WoW site today, you can see what these astute thinkers have to say about whether the U.S. should pull out of Afghanistan, and if so, how and when.

1 comment:

B.Poster said...

Very informative discussion!! Thank you for having this. The problem is we've worn our military down to the point where even basicd national defense is problematic at best. Assuming our country can survive this is going to plague us for many years.

I agree with you that Mr. Bush should not be judged kindly by history. Actually he's already held pretty much in utter contempt by the American people. As for Mr. Obama, I agree with you that the same generally applies, however, he is not finished yet and still has time to alter course. Also, as the first African-American president in American history there remains a vast resivor of good will towards him by all classes of American people. As such, this gives him enormous lattitude to do whatever he wishes to do. There's still time for him to change course.

I agree with you we may likely have to fight our way out when we withdraw. As such, the general sentiment that we should reveal as little of our plans to the Pakistanis as possible about this is likely valid.

A major problem we have with redeployment is the news media. Recentaly we were negotiating with the Taliban and the media leaked the details of the negotiations. The Taliban, the Pakistanis, and others cannot be seen publically negotiating with the Americans!! This irresponsibilty by the news media caused the whole thing to go off the rails. This type of reckless irresponsiblity is breathtaking!! At this time, I'm not sure how we prevent something like this from occurring again should another opportunity to negotiate arise.

When we withdrew from Iraq, we bribed certain groups to keep things quiet as we redeployed. Perhaps something like that could work here to. In any event, the sooner we redeploy to positions more beneficial to our national defense needs the better.