George Will: “Time for the U.S. to Get Out of Afghanistan”

Posted: August 31, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Conservative arch-pundit George Will will use his column in tomorrow’s Washington Post to urge President Obama to get our troops out of Afghanistan:

…forces should be substantially reduced to serve a comprehensively revised policy: America should do only what can be done from offshore, using intelligence, drones, cruise missiles, airstrikes and small, potent Special Forces units, concentrating on the porous 1,500-mile border with Pakistan, a nation that actually matters.

Genius, said de Gaulle, recalling Bismarck’s decision to halt German forces short of Paris in 1870, sometimes consists of knowing when to stop. Genius is not required to recognize that in Afghanistan, when means now

When George Will and Senator Russ Feingold agree on something, you better listen to them.

  1. sporkmaster says:

    He is misquoting history because Germans troops did not fall back as he describe but held onto the siege and force Paris to surrender in 1871. This allowing Germany again additional land.

    “Paris surrendered in January 1871 after being under siege from Sept 19, 1870 .The treaty of Frankfurt was signed on May 10, 1871 . France ceded Alsace, except Belfort and eastern Lorraine to Germany and agreed that a German army could occupy northern France till an indemnity of five billion Francs was paid . “,

    This is a delibaerate attempt to alter hsitroy for the sole purpose of finding support for one’s own views. There are others in there but this is the big one.

  2. dcrowe says:

    I can’t speak for Will, but I think he was referring to the decision not to enter Paris. But his larger point stands. For example:

    Law 29

    Plan All the Way to the End

    The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.

    • sporkmaster says:

      Granted planning is important but like anything(War being one of the biggest), it is how leaders handle things when they do not go according to plan. Because like you said when you try to plan everything to to the smallest detail it become so rigid that a unexpected event(s) will cause everything to fall apart.

      So that is why I am tryng to figure out how the another is trying to make a connection with this to Afghanistan.

    • sporkmaster says:

      Also some more thought about this.

    • sporkmaster says:

      Looking forward to it, also I would imagine that your new house is keeping you busy.

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