I know it is almost a waste of pixels to point this out, but is there any history before Jan. 20th of this year? MoveOn has emailed me their plan to re-enact the arguments of 2006, with no trace of recognition that they were all completely wrong.
Dear MoveOn member,
Of course I'm a member, keep your friends close and your enemies closer
U.S. policy in Afghanistan has reached a pivotal moment. President Obama is poised to make a critical decision about the Afghanistan war in the next few weeks. And there's a big debate happening right now about what to do.1
Pro-war advocates both inside and outside the administration—including John McCain and Joe Lieberman—are calling for a big military escalation.2 The general in charge of Afghanistan is expected to request tens of thousands more troops, and that may just be the beginning.3 They're cranking up the pressure for an immediate surge.
Because that last surge was such a dismal failure. Actually for them it was, it derailed their cunning plan to lose the war.
But other powerful voices are urging caution: Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have raised real concerns about the idea of sending more troops to Afghanistan without a clear strategy4, as have Democrats in Congress.5 And a majority of Americans oppose increasing troop levels.6
And who can resist the massive power duo of Biden and Emanuel on military strategy, and didn't they catch their bosses new strategy announcement earlier this year when he sent 21k more reinforcements?
Some administration officials are arguing for a smaller, nimbler approach focused on counterterrorism. But cheerleaders for the war refuse to acknowledge that there could be any viable strategy other than a bigger and bigger military footprint. So they're trotting out the same tired old lines and questioning the motives of those who disagree with them.7
That would be Biden and Emanuel again, and is it such a bad thing to be pro-victory? Well I guess in some circles. The Biden/Magic Ninjas plan is simply political cover for cut & run. Let's see if they listen to the Generals this time.