Sunday, October 04, 2009
Ten American troops were killed this the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s U.S.-led coalition.
In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight U.S. soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taliban.
In the other, an Afghan policeman opened fire on the American soldiers with whom he was working in central Wardak province, killing two and injuring three.
It’s clear we’re at a very dangerous moment with our involvement in the Afghanistan war. The leaking of the Gen. Stan McCrystal memo and President Obama’s growing skepticism of at least some aspects of our Afghanistan policy, fueled by a media blitzkrieg on both sides of the aisle regarding further U.S. troop involvement, all suggest the president must articulate a clear Afghanistan exit strategy.
In the May 2009 edition of Vanity Fair, Gen. McCrystal’s career was revealed to include a history of cover-ups, “black ops,” and a falsified college record and identity. Is this who President Obama feels he can trust to determine our policy in region?
In a time of grave economic conditions rivaling those seen in the Great Depression and, with grinding unemployment nearing 10% (higher in some states), coupled with an economy shedding hundreds-of-thousands jobs each month, the resources needed to escalate our military presence in Afghanistan can be better spent to solve problems here at home.