Saluting with misty eyes
Long term good? None.
This is a case where people need to realize (some will like it, some won't. Some will agree some, some won't) that Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 definitely applies.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
While I do not believe we need to bring every third world nation into the light of democracy and industrialism, we do need to fight those who started this war with us. President Obama has stated that we are at war with Al Qaeda... well, NO ONE is stating that they are not in Afghanistan. The liberal Democrats in Washington, who vilified the previous administration (and continue to do so, to their own detriment) have not come out and said any different.
Fine, then... if we are, truly, at war with Al Qaeda, and Al Qaeda are in Afghanistan, then let's get in there, let the military do its job of locating, closing with and engaging the enemy and get this over with.
We are never going to erradicate Al Qaeda, or similar organizations. We would have a better chance of ridding the world of cockroaches. What we need to do is to locate, close with, and engage the particular cockroaches that are behind the attacks on the US and Americans around the world, and exterminate them without prejudice, and then allow the people of Afghanistan to keep track of themselves in the way they feel best.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "WHAT A RIDE
[This message has been edited by Ringo (09-09-2009 07:14 AM).]