In Obama's "historic" July 24th, 2008 Berlin speech, he stated that we need to stay the course in Afghanistan.....even to the point of sending in additional NATO troops.
"This is the moment when we must renew our resolve to rout the terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan, and the traffickers who sell drugs on your streets. No one welcomes war. I recognize the enormous difficulties in Afghanistan. But my country and yours have a stake in seeing that NATO's first mission beyond Europe's borders is a success. For the people of Afghanistan, and for our shared security, the work must be done. America cannot do this alone. The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild their nation. We have too much at stake to turn back now."
The Europeans, completely infatuated with the Messiah, must have, somehow, missed that portion of his speech. The Europeans are not inclined to send more troops into Afghanistan. It's not likely that their love for Obama will cause them to change their minds on that.
President Obama is determined to send 30,000 American troops to southern Afghanistan. [ see guardian.co.uk and bloomberg.com]
Recent articles in such completely different sources as arabnews.com and washingtontimes.com pose the same question:
Will Afghanistan be Obama's Vietnam?
It's to be expected that arabnews.com would be critical of any American war in Afghanistan.
In the Washington Times article, Jeffrey T. Kuhner notes that the media has insisted on comparing Obama with John Kennedy. The media are casting both Kennedy and Obama as "sophisticated internationalists" when the truth is far different.
Of JFK, Kuhner writes,
"Kennedy was not only inexperienced but reckless. He brought the world to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. More importantly, it was Kennedy who gave us Vietnam, a military disaster from which America has never truly recovered."
Kuhner goes on;
"Mr. Obama is now following Kennedy's footsteps. Afghanistan will be his Vietnam. And when the body bags of dead American soldiers start coming home, Mr. Obama's liberal base will turn against the war - just as they did in the 1960s. This will split his party and break his presidency. He lacks the stomach for a protracted campaign. He will cut Afghanistan loose - just as the liberals cut Vietnam loose."