There’s a long story on page two of the Globe today about Congress demanding to see a plan for victory in Afghanistan or they’ll vote against any further troop escalations.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Murtha say there’s limited support for sending more troops, and not enough money to do it anyway.
Experience should tell them that to gain anything that might pass for victory would require, as in Iraq, several hundred thousand troops, in theatre, for a long, long time.
But in point of fact it’s not going to matter what Congress does or doesn’t do. They refuse to deal with reality. Everybody seems to have gone so far off track that they’ve forgotten what the track was.
Consider this from today’s Globe, the final paragraph in the story:
But Ike Skelton, a Missouri Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, urged his colleagues to “give our forces the time and resources they need to show progress in the fight against the enemies responsible for the attacks of 9/11.’’
We can’t tell who he’s talking about, and it’s obvious that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
The people who carried out the attack are dead.
Most of the people who planned the attack are, according to the government, dead or in custody.
The two top men in al Qaeda are still at large, but we can’t find them, primarily because we’re spending our resources and money on big military forces stomping around Southwest Asia.
The Taliban government of Afghanistan at the time did not participate in the attacks, and were not fond of al Qaeda.
The current Taliban movement did not take part in the attack, and should more correctly be considered a nationalist religious movement which is not a threat to the United States.
We have no more reason to fight the Taliban than we have to fight any other nationalist or religious movement in any other country around the world.
Just as Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, Afghanistan has nothing to do with 9/11. Neither war is about 9/11, not now.
And yet here we are, throwing away twelve billion dollars a month on these wars, wasting the lives and talents of thousands of our military personnel, and behaving pretty much like barbarians while our own country suffers massive problems at home.
And Congress, that bastion of reasoned and civil debate, that tower of intellect and intelligence, can’t figure out what in hell is going on but wants to base its decisions on fallacies and lies and myths.
When will they ever learn?