Bachmann a disappointment on Afghanistan
There were hopeful indications, suggestions, soupçons, that Michele Bachmann was an at least incipient dissenter from the Bush / Obama / neocon paradigm on nation-building and “democratizing” Muslim nations.
Alas, it was not to be. She tells a delighted Matthew Continetti at The Weekly Standard:
On Afghanistan, I firmly believe that we are at a point where we’ve got to stay the course, and we’ve got to finish the job. Reports coming out of Helmand right now are positive…. David Petraeus, who wrote the book on counterinsurgency and on the surge strategy, is successfully prosecuting the surge.Bachmann apparently has no grasp, not even a tiny hint, of the essential hopelessness and insanity of what we have been doing there—sacrificing our men to build “trust” with our mortal enemies. Apparently the repeated mass murders of U.S. soldiers by their Afghan “allies” has not caused the slightest tremor of cognitive dissonance in the congresswoman’s comely head. And apparently she has never even thought about the fundamental questions asked the other day by Diana West:
Is Western-style nation-building in the Islamic Umma in any way a practical policy?Could someone maybe arrange a meeting between Rep. Bachmann and Miss West?
Diana West writes:
Such a disappointment—but what else is new?!!Jim C. writes:
Is Afghanistan worth American lives and taxpayer dollars? Of course not.JC in Houston writes:
One thing I’ve never understood is how do we “win” portions of these tribal hellholes? It’s been 10 years already. I think the tide of popular opinion IS turning against this misadventure. If only the politicians would get it as well.Paul K. writes:
It’s unfortunate that in America today you have to spout a great deal of nonsense in order to be taken seriously.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 22, 2011 04:38 PM | Send