The tens of thousands of classified military documents posted on the Internet Sunday confirm what critics of the war in Afghanistan already knew or suspected: We are wading deeper into a long-running, morally ambiguous conflict that has virtually no chance of ending well.
It's that last part that has to sink into Obama's head. "This war has virtually no chance of ending well." I would delete the "virtually" and replace it with "absolutely".
Escalating the war will be Obama's biggest mistake in his first term. It will likely be the reason why it will be his last term. It's a real shame since he has made huge contributions to pushing the US into being a true leader of nations. Obama, by any measure, has had the most successful first term of any modern era presidency. A real shame that he is going to be taken down by his predecessors mistakes.
Obama can still recoup. He has the time. He needs to do two things. Get out of Afghanistan now, this minute, admit the buildup was a mistake. He also needs to start slashing the military budget without hurting the economy. We cannot keep spending in the range of 280 billion dollars each year on something so fruitless. We pay for half of the military spending of the entire world. This is how the Roman Empire went down the tubes. The only way to keep us from being next down the tubes is to start acting sensibly.
Stop invading countries and killing people to wipe out terrorism. It does not work. It only makes more and more terrorists. Terrorists who have a real good reason for wanting us dead.
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