While I have faulted the President in private conversations for his “dithering” on Afghanistan, I have barely touched on the subject on this blog. It’s not that I don’t think the issue is important, it’s just that I think pundits and other bloggers have pretty much said all that needs to be said.
I am somewhat heartened to read that he has “issued orders to send about 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan“. While I was hoping he would send the full complement that General Stanley McChrystal had requested, this may well be enough to secure victory in that troubled land. I will wait until after hearing (or reading, depending on my schedule) his speech at West Point this evening (and perhaps even later than that) before offering a more complete opinion on the matter. But, for now, it seems to be a step in the right direction.
While Obama did dither, resembling the dissembling George McClellan more than the more straightforward Abraham Lincoln, in the end, he will be judged not by the time it took to make the decision, but by the decision itself. Should we see the victories in Afghanistan similar to those which followed the “surge” in Iraq, the dithering may soon be forgotten (or least downplayed), while the successes will make headlines. Should our armed forces succeed in defeating Al Qaeda and the Taliban, then President Obama will have won a great victory for our nation, the Afghan people and the free world.
It is one achievement for which I am ever eager to praise this Democrat. And hope that all Americans are prepared to offer him such accolades. For he will achieve them not for himself alone, nor for his party, but for the country. We wish him every success in this endeavor.