Top 3 Reasons The Obama Surge Fails

On tuesday, Dec. 1, President Obama finally decided on a direction for Afghanistan. Along with his decision, came many opinions on the speech. Everything from talking about how good or bad the delivery was, to how many troops, to why we need to continue efforts in Afghanistan.

Whether those opinions are of heavy value or not, in summary, here are the top 3 reasons why Obama’s plan fails.

1. Troop Levels

While it did take months to decide on a direction, his minimalistic approach to troop levels has been a concern since the leak of the General McChrystal assessment. The minimum number of troops requested by McChrystal was 40,000, but Obama will be deploying only 30,000. This alone demonstrates that Obama does not have complete trust in his General. This could be due to his lack of military service and what it truly takes to carry out a mission of the magnitude he expressed during the speech.

2. Time Tables

The announcement of time tables are a ridiculous way to fight a war, with the simple fact that you do not freely give your enemy a front row seat to what you will do and when you will do it. Now, not only does the enemy know how many more opposition they will encounter, but they also know when they will get there. Worse yet, they also know that after those 30,000 troops get there, they will only have to fight them for roughly a year or so.

The other side to the time table factor is that troops will begin deploying back home in the year 2011. The importance to that year is when troops begin coming back home, debate among 2012 presidentail candidates will be heavily engaged.

3. Political Influence

During his farwell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower offered a prophetic warning when he said:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

With application to what is being done in direction to Afhganistan, Obama is warrenting a misplaced power. A power, that in time of war, should and has fallen on the shoulders and conscience of the Generals in charge of battle. With total disregard to the needs of McChrystal, this will politically end disastrous as did Vietnam.

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3 Responses to Top 3 Reasons The Obama Surge Fails

  1. The Afghanistan X-Factor…

    If there is one, this is it.
    Pakistan, (or Pok-eee-ston as our Dear Leader in his infinite sophistication insists it be pronounc ……

  2. Yes you are right with your basic supposition of failure but dead wrong with your reasoning. Afhganistan is a failure under Bush for the reason that you give, minimalistic approach too troop levels. Do you remember the firing of General Shenseki for disagreeing on Bush and Rumsfelds ideas of troop levels? They blew it and our initial advantage was destroyed long ago. No conquer has ever taken Afghanistan.

    You twist the words of President Eisenhower who prophetically was correct. He was in a position to know what he was talking about. Eisenhower was talking about the misplaced power in the unelected military industrial complex which is today corrupting our elected officials with lobbying money.

    This country is bankrupt, when are the war mongers going to realize the Empire is in it’s death throws?

  3. KAK, first I would like to thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    Second, I greatly agree with you about how Bush mismanaged Afghanistan. Trust me when I say this, I don’t think going into Afghanistan was a wise thing to do. Unlike the administrations have done, and how you nailed it when you said that “no conquer has ever taken Afghanistan,” people tend to forget that one of the best weapons in war is history. The problem with what Obama is doing, is that it is the same as what Bush did.

    Third, I can see the point you are making with the Eisenhower quote. However, as much as money does tend to talk, lobby members are not the one’s making the decisions, but rather they are trying to influence it their way. The elected officials are the ones who ultimately make the decisions.

    A failing leader, not only fails himself, but also those who are following.

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