Friday, October 07, 2016
New President, Same Old War
It was George w. Bush's war for nearly 7-years and Barack Obama's war for the next 8. Soon, America's longest running cluster f#@k will become a new president's war, probably Hillary Clinton's.
What a load of "firsts." The first American war to run longer than 15-years. The first American war with a black Commander in Chief. The first American war with a woman as Commander in Chief. The first American war that seems to have no discernable exit. America's first true PermaWar?
How many generations of Americans will be able to call the Afghan war their own? There may well be Americans in uniform in Afghanistan today who had one or more parents or even grandparents in uniform there when this fiasco was launched.
Whether it's Hillary or the Orange Behemoth sworn in next January, Afghanistan will become their Gordian Knot. 15 years has shown that all the King's horses and all the King's men cannot decide the issue in that barren countryside.
Meanwhile the security situation in Afghanistan grows steadily worse. The Taliban are resurgent. No one seems to be able to stop them except perhaps for the newcomer to that forbidding land, the Islamic State. The Talibs are already fighting ISIS for control of a few Afghan regions. Meanwhile the fate of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal right next door virtually guarantees that America won't pull out of South Asia.
If ISIS develops into a credible threat to Afghanistan and/or Pakistan, crazy as it sounds, it's not inconceivable that the U.S. might find it necessary to throw in its lot with the Talibs.