Mr. Biden asked tough questions about whether there was any intelligence showing that the Taliban posed a threat to American territory.The report doesn't reveal an answer to Mr. Biden's question, but it does mention that
But Mr. Obama also firmly closed the door on any withdrawal. “I just want to say right now, I want to take off the table that we’re leaving Afghanistan,” he told his advisers.So in October Obama knew he would escalate the war in Afghanistan. October! From there it was just bean counting- 10,000 or 40,000 or 100,000 troops? Despite the Times' slavish devotion to creating a cult of the current president (and the last one for many years), deciding between 10,000 and 40,000 is not great leadership. Deciding between total withdrawal or total withdrawal of all military personnel to be replaced by Peace Corps volunteers to build schools and wells or creating more war would be leadership. Not considering all the options left Obama with no choice but to continue Bush's war. How Obama Came to Plan for ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com. Now the GOP is saying that Obama's Afghanistan strategy is “a reassertion of the Bush doctrine.”
“The [Bush] doctrine is no safe havens [for terrorists intent on harming the United States] and we go after those that provide a harbor [for such terrorists]. That’s the doctrine,” Republican strategist Mary Matalin explained Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.Actually, what the Bush Doctrine is is the idea that the US has the right to go in and bomb the shit out of anyone who we consider a possible threat, even without any direct threat to us. The Bush/Obama Doctrine directly violates the Geneva Convention, decided on after Hitler Germany exerted the same right to preemptive invasion. Or as an Afghan woman recently told a Code Pink leader:
You want me to believe that the most powerful nation in the world is being held hostage by those skinny, lice covered, illiterate, dirty men in those craggy hills of this broken country?"No one believes that. Not the Times. Not Obama. But somehow we are subjected to a lengthy story about Obama the Great Leader that reveals Obama the Great Bean Counter who is also Obama the Bushie. If only the Times would change its name to Pravda, we could pretend it is the time of Brezhnev and Khrushchev- where you could vote for the Communist Party or the Communist Party. GOP or Dems. Pravda or the NY Times. Coke or Pepsi. Take your "choice."