So what did you expect?
This week’s 4-hour long memorial service for Mary Travers was bound to be full of political statements. After all, Peter, Paul, and Mary will be forever linked to opposition to the Vietnam War.
But one statement about today’s politics caught people by surprise. Looking back on the Vietnam days, Bill Moyers described LBJ’s escalation of the war as “involving a series of decisions that Barack Obama is sadly about to repeat in Afghanistan.”
God, I hope not. But it looks like Moyers is right.
Before starting his eighth strategy session on Afghanistan yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters the president is weighing four options. And everyone of them involves sending more troops.
Can you believe it? More troops into a country that has no legitimate government. More troops into a country where we’ve already been for eight years. And more troops into a war with no defined mission, and no exit strategy.
One thing for sure: No matter how many troops President Obama decides to send this time, he’ll be asked to send even more within six months.
Sooner or later, he’s going to have to make the decision to get out of Afghanistan. And it might as well be now.
That’s my parting shot for today.