None dare call it surrender

From Reuters, this on our impending surrender in Afghanistan:

U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said on Wednesday that negotiations with some members of the Taliban could provide a way to reduce violence in sections of Afghanistan gripped by an intensifying insurgency.

No, there’s been no formal announcement that we are going to surrender. Just the announcement that, no matter what the conditions on the ground, we will (at least) begin pulling our combat troops out next summer.

What’s a poor military commander to do, when faced with a political boss, Obama, who seems more concerned with winning elections than winning wars? Lest we’ve forgotten, as quoted by the New York Times,

Mr. Obama…set a withdrawal timetable because, “I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party.”

No; that would be a true disaster. So, what’s the basic problem with negotiating with the Taliban? Just that they are evil Islamists who suppress all freedom, who torture, maim, and kill in the name of Islam, and who regard women as chattel. Other than that, they’re oh so reasonable.

The basic problem with General Petraeus’ statement? We don’t fight wars to “reduce violence.” We fight to win, which used to mean bringing hell to the enemy in the form of violence so great that they surrender or die. Now it seems our top military commander in the theater has got the Democrats’ “surrender at any cost, just don’t lose the political base back home” bug.

Hope it’s not catching.


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