Four months ago, on December 1, 2009, I wrote a blog post titled "Obama's War," in which I explained why I thought the Afghanistan policy he had announced at West Point was fatally flawed and doomed to failure. There was nothing remotely original in my remarks. Countless people, vastly more knowledgeable than I about that part of the world, had been saying the same thing for years.
Well, now we are beginning to see the truth of the criticisms. Kharzai is a disaster. He is turning into Obama's Nguyen Cao Ky. [Viet Nam War -- see Wikipedia if you are too young to remember]. The Taliban are regaining control of the territories our forces seized from them at such cost of American and Afghan life. We have almost completed the first Friedman Unit, and before too long, a second and a third will have gone by. That will bring us to the eighteen months that Obama claimed was the limit of his commitment. [For the uninitiate, a Friedman Unit is six months, so called because during the heyday of the Iraq War, which he supported, Thomas Friedman kept stating in his NY TIMES column that 'the next six months will tell whether we have been successful.']
Obama's recent trip to the area, complete with a rousing speech to the troops, has, I am afraid, set in concrete America's permanent commitment to an unsustainable and feckless enterprise. Does no one ever learn from experience?