Using the odd granting of conscientious objector status to a Muslim American soldier, Andrew McCarthy demolishes the entire rationale of our Afghanistan policy. The keystone incident? From McCarthy’s post at NRO:
…secretary of the army has just granted “conscientious objector” status to Pfc. Nasser Abdo, a Muslim American soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan. Heeding the admonitions of CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood operatives, the Pentagon accepts the claim that sharia forbids Muslims from assisting infidels in a war against Muslim forces in an Islamic land.
Here’s the two paragraphs that bring our entire Afghanistan rationale crashing to earth:
News Flash One: The war in Afghanistan, an Islamic land, is a war waged by infidels (that would be us) against Muslim forces — the Taliban, al-Qaeda, the Haqqani network, etc.
News Flash Two: The operating theory of the American counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy in Afghanistan is that the hearts and minds of the population of this tribal sharia society will side with us non-Muslims in a war against their fellow Muslims, most of whom are also their fellow Afghans.
Which is to say, our strategy is insane.
This isn’t Obama’s fault. Here’s one he actually did inherit, a rotten tomato left on his doorstep by George “Islam is a religion of peace” Bush. Obama, however, being a coward, doesn’t have the stones to change the Afghan policy to be consonant with the anti-war themes he claimed to believe as a senator.