I’ll freely admit I’m not up on what’s going on in Afghanistan, but Jim Hanson over at Blackfive put together what I thought was a very good paragraph concerning all of this.
Click here to read the full post which is a relevant precursor to tonight’s campaign speech from President Obama. You’ve got to admit all of his speeches have that campaign feel. My emphasis in bold.
Afghanistan and the larger war against Islamist extremists is one we are quite poorly suited to fight. They have a long war mentality and know this is a clash of civilizations; we are wondering whether there will be parking at the mall. Obama has dim-wittingly reinforced every weakness that al Qaeda and the rest have properly stated about us; we don’t have the will or intestinal fortitude as a nation to fight them as they do to fight us. They don’t have to beat us to win; they simply have to outlast us (language note and check. Did I just use three semi-colons in a row properly?). They have now done so for the second time in Afghanistan.
It really is a clash of cultures and civilizations is it not? What’s difficult here is the Taliban and al-Qaida would find it perfectly acceptable for the west to claim some sort of tactical victory over terrorism as they go home and cruise the Internet, “lick their wounds” and create a Facebook support group.
For a lack of a better term, they are much more strategic with their planning and they have long memories. They will come back. What the heck do you do?