The Obama administration is headed down the irrecoverable path to defeat in Afghanistan, and appears to be waving the white flag in the global 'war on terror.'
It has now been more than seven long weeks since the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley A. McChrystal, reported on the desperate need for more troops in Afghanistan, warning that defeating the insurgents will not be possible if the United States fails to "gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum" over the next 12 months.
McChrystal's confidential report was leaked to the Washington Post on September 21, 2009. It was met with silence from the White House. Well, not quite… On October 4, nearly two dozen House liberals introduced a bill that would prohibit an increase of troops in Afghanistan. And the Senate rejected an attempt to have the top commander in Afghanistan testify about the increasingly volatile situation.
As our public servants worked feverishly behind the scenes to deny support to our fighting men in Afghanistan, hundreds of terrorists armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistan border, killing eight U.S. soldiers and capturing more than 20 Afghan security troops in the deadliest assault against U.S. forces in more than a year.
Following this attack, U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates stated that the Taliban now have the momentum in Afghanistan "because of the inability of the United States and its allies to put enough troops into the country."
Our President was otherwise occupied accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. The mainstream media was so excited that they kinda forgot to report Gate's dire warning. 24/7 media coverage of the latest Messiah of Peace was followed by news of the exciting Michelle Obama 'action figure.' And the President's exciting 'date night' with Michelle.
Continuing to ignore the worsening situation in Afghanistan, President Obama and the First Lady instead rolled out the red carpet and handed out doctors' white coats to a select group of doctors, in a staged photo-op designed to further Obama's proposed health care reform. In his televised speech, Obama expressed deep concern for the health of any Americans that aren't covered by government health care, and trotted out several heartbreaking stories to prove it. These stories were later proven false.
Meanwhile, our State Department addressed the terrorist problem. They just renamed terrorists "refugees."
Obama remained extremely busy in October, making a trip to Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics to be held in his hometown of Chicago, and appearing on the Letterman Show. But he did take the time to stage a nice little photo-op with a midnight trip to Dover Airfield, along with photographers, to show the nation his concern for our returning war dead. (Concern that was sorely lacking for the victims of the recent Fort Hood massacre)
At the end of this busy month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs informed the nation that Obama has spent "close to 20 direct hours" in meetings on Afghanistan since Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for tens of thousands of reinforcements was submitted over two months ago.
Gibbs went on to say that Obama also spends "quite a bit of time" thinking about the war in Afghanistan, after it was revealed that Obama had spent more time with Oprah than with General McChrystal.
Our NATO allies saw that Obama was busy waging war on Fox News and the Chamber of Commerce instead of sending reinforcements to our brave warriors who are fighting and dying in Afghanistan, and started following his cue.
On November 6, Canada’s top general issued instructions for his officers to start making their plans to pull out of Afghanistan.
The UK is also drawing up plans to withdraw British troops from outlying bases in Afghanistan. And the United Nations has relocated 600 of their Afghan staff out of harms way.
The media remains silent on this shocking abrogation of leadership, reporting only that Obama is considering his options and weighing them, as a good President should. Meanwhile, the Taliban grow increasingly powerful and our young men in Afghanistan are left wondering if their fight, and their comrades lives, have been in vain.
Americans are assumed to have forgotten that Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to reinforce U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which he described as a war we “have to win.” I guess he's changed his mind.
To my nephew Christopher, and all our brave young men in Afghanistan, I'd like to say on behalf of most Americans, that I'm so very sorry your lives are being used as political fodder. And unlike Obama, most Americans support you and will keep raising their voices in outrage at the shameless lack of support and leadership being shown by your Commander in Chief.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina