I can’t help it sometimes. I feel like a moth drawn toward a flame. When Michael Moore pens a heartfelt letter to the President of the United States imploring him to save the world, I simply have to read it. And I confess… I did. I read every last morsel. And here’s the surprising part… Mr. Moore has actually highlighted (albeit in a completely unintentional way, I’m sure) a very important point.
His plea is for Obama not to become “the next war president” by sending more troops to Afghanistan. I can understand and respect the sentiment from those opposed to any military engagement by the United States, but a couple of his comments are worthy of note.
With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
I have to ask here… were any of the people who were the “backbone of your campaign” actually listening to any of your speeches during the campaign? Did they notice how you said that Afghanistan was the good war? The war we had to win? Or did they perchance think that was just some rhetoric to get elected? And if so, wouldn’t that already make you “just another politician” as Mr. Moore fears?
On to the next bit.
I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have you drunk Bush’s Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.
I have clearly let my obsessions with Tiger Woods, Sarah Palin and Jon and Kate distract me from the international news. When did we kill off all of AQ except the last one hundred? I mean, really… if that were somehow true, I’d be in favor of Obama sending in another one hundred thousand troops. How long could it take to kill one hundred guys? Honestly, I don’t know where he gets these things.
But Moore makes a good point in spite of himself. Will Obama go “all in” on the war in Afghanistan? If he does, I dearly hope that he plans on clearly explaining to us what the extra troops will accomplish, what our end goals are, and how long it will take and what is exit strategy is.
And once again, if he can’t do that, then maybe he needs to take Michael Moore’s advice and get out of Dodge while the getting is good. If he can make a good case for what we’re going to accomplish, he’s probably going to have to pony up more resources than we’re currently hearing rumors of. We shall see tomorrow.
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