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October 08, 2009

Genius: Captain Wonderful's New Solution for Afghanistan Commands Seven Percent Support

From Goldfarb's Tweet: A USA Today poll says Joe Biden's brilliant strategy of leaving our troops to twist without reinforcement or plan of victory commands 7% support.

Pull out? 38%.

Give them the reinforcements and resources they need? 48%.

So Captain Wonderful, in his quest to vote present on everything, is currently trial-ballooning a plan hated by 90% of the public.

Even in his pandering he's incompetent.

Jim Geraghty has tallied up several, but by no means all, of Obama's "We're going to beat hell out of the Taliban, I swear" statements. I hope he won't mind me stealing them:

Then-candidate Barack Obama, July 15, 2008:

Our troops and our NATO allies are performing heroically in Afghanistan, but I have argued for years that we lack the resources to finish the job because of our commitment to Iraq. That's what the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said earlier this month. And that's why, as President, I will make the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be. This is a war that we have to win.

And then in August, before the VFW:

This is the central front in the war on terrorism. This is where the Taliban is gaining strength and launching new attacks, including one that just took the life of ten French soldiers. This is where Osama bin Laden and the same terrorists who killed nearly 3,000 Americans on our own soil are hiding and plotting seven years after 9/11. This is a war that we have to win.

And then in his convention address:

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

And then on October 22:

Abroad, we need a new direction that ends the war in Iraq, focuses on the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban, and restores strong alliances and tough American diplomacy.

But now we're told that there is a "good war" in Afghanistan (against Al Qaeda) we must fight while surrendering the "bad war" in Afghanistan (against the Taliban). Perfectly similar, as Allah pointed out, to Obama's last talk-tough-even-while-proposing-surrender formulation, that one about the "good war" in Afghanistan and "bad war" in Iraq.

And yes, as he says, soon Obama will begin talking about the "good war" against the hardliners in Al Qaeda, while surrendering the "bad war" against the Al Qaeda moderates.

CBS' woman in Kabul rips the new non-strategy to shreds, and calls it a pure "fantasy" that we can somehow take the fight to Al Qaeda while ceding the entire country to them. Logan also wants to know what six years of "diplomacy" with the Taliban have gotten us thusfar.

Oh -- also there: Obama's sudden discovery that the Taliban is law-abiding and peaceful just happens to coincide with the Taliban's latest press release that they're law-abiding and peaceful.



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