Wednesday was a big day for Afghanistan. With two big meetings.
At the White House, President Obama met for over three hours with his top advisors: including Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton, Richard Holbrooke, General Petraeus and General McCrystal.
At my house, I sat at my computer for an hour and fifteen minutes, watching Robert Greenwald’s new documentary, “Rethink Afghanistan.”
Honestly, Obama would have learned more at my house than his house. He would have learned at least three reasons why sending more troops to Afghanistan would be a huge mistake.
History. There’s no way we can succeed where Alexander the Great, the British and the Russians failed.
Expense. It cost $50,000 to keep a soldier in Europe for a year during World War II. It costs $800,000 to keep that same soldier in Afghanistan for a year.
Mission. It’s mission impossible. How can we track down and destroy al Qaeda in Afghanistan when, according to General Petraeus himself, they’ve all moved to Pakistan. What’s next? American troops to Pakistan?
There’s only way out of this mess: Bring all troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
That’s my parting shot for today.