Next Tuesday, President Obama will tell the nation why it’s important to send more American troops to Afghanistan.
If you ask me, that’s an impossible job.
I know it’s Thanksgiving, but not even Barack Obama, with all his oratorical skills, can sell this turkey.
What the President has to do is convince the American people, who see no threat from Afghanistan, that it’s not only necessary to continue a war that George Bush started eight years ago, it’s also important to expand it. By over 30,000 additional troops – at a cost of $30 billion a year.
Why? Because, Obama says, he wants to “finish the job.”
What job? Originally, Bush told us the “job” in Afghanistan was to topple the Taliban. We finished that job in one month. So why are we still there, eight years later? And what’s the new job?
Frankly, I don’t think there’s any way the President can sell this job to the American people. Americans are not afraid of Afghanistan. They’re tired of this war. And they certainly don’t want to spend any more money, or American lives, to pay for it.
Instead of trying to sell an expansion of George Bush’s war, Barack Obama should just abandon it – and get on with his own agenda.
That’s my parting shot for today.