What is Victory in Afghanistan?

Really, what is victory in Afghanistan? Does anyone know what we are trying to achieve? We got into this fight because of 9/11. I’m okay with that. It was late in the game, we should have got into it when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun, or when the Beirut barracks was bombed, but hey, better late than never. So we’re in a fight with someone, doing something, and it seems to me that it’s time to decide what that is.

Pr. Obama sparked this post when he said that we are not and never will be at war with Islam. That’s a negative statement, it does not say who we are at war with, just who we are not at war with. It must be somebody. All those troops and weapons we sent over there, who are they killing?

During WWII, we knew who we were fighting, we had a formal declaration of war. It was the Casablanca Conference in January 1943 that decided what victory was. It was the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. Once we knew who we were fighting and what we fighting to accomplish, it was possible to make some plans and get it done.

So here’s my call to Congress. Time to decide what we’re doing. Figure out who the enemy is, publicly declare it. Pass a declaration of war against that enemy. Decide what victory is, give the military commanders a goal. Give them the necessary resources to achieve it.

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
–Winston Churchill


One thought on “What is Victory in Afghanistan?

  1. I'm afraid that requires a level of honesty that just doesn't exist in congress, and is rarely found anywhere in the ruling class.

    Not that what you're asking or doing anything wrong. It just requires them making an actual decision. Not just primping for the cameras.

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