Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Obama's Dangerous Policy
Finally, President Obama will announce today the details of his new policy on Afghanistan. It won't make pretty reading, by all accounts. He won't give the US armed forces the troops they want (30,000, rather than the 40,000 they have demanded) and will announce some sort of timetable for withdrawal. Every military expert I have spoken to thinks this will give succour to the enemy. I have always thought putting timetables on leaving is a very dangerous policy and I was horrified when Gordon Brown appeared to tiptoe to do the same thing. The only reason Brown and Obama are doing this is to placate domestic political audiences who would prefer an immediate withdrawal. There is no military sense in it.