There must be some way out of this

2 12 2009

And yes, I listened to the speech.

Can’t say I was impressed, but I didn’t think I would be.

Obama—all of us—have inherited a shitstorm in Afghanistan, and there’s no good damned way out of it.

Stay, and people die. Leave, and people die.

It didn’t have to be this way, but now, it is.

Is the President’s decision to pour it on the worst, or simply the least-worse, option?

I don’t know. I think nothing good will come of this, but, again, good evaporated some years back. Maybe this is the best that can be done to fend off the bad.

Sorry, this analysis lacks actual analysis. Sorry, I have only dread and bitterness.

At least he set a deadline.


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2 12 2009
geekhiker

I just hope there was something he wasn’t telling us so the other side wouldn’t hear. Weak, I know.

But, yeah, there were some sections of the speech that sounded exactly like our previous CiC…

3 12 2009
absurdbeats

I’m not surprised: Candidate Obama said he would make Afghanistan a priority, which I took to mean that was going to ramp things up rather than pull back.

I noted the deadline/timeline/exit date, but I’m skeptical.

One of the few times I’d really really really like to be wrong.

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