SMITTY wrote:Mr. Estes has earned the right to call Obama whatever he damn pleases!
I wish that generation would live forever .... we desperately NEED their guidance.
Couldn't disagree more. WWII required great bravery and heroism, to be sure. But it was a political no-brainer once Pearl Harbor happened. (And there's no analogy to 9/11 because Pearl Harbor was a military attack by a state
, not a guerilla attack by some zealots who can't be found ... , er, who we weren't willing to kill when they were found.)
But, to the point, there hasn't been so simple a political choice since then (with the possible exception of the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo). So the John Wayne-esque political-think of WWII is not only literally as old as Mr. Estes, it just doesn't cut it anymore.
We make a terrible error when we think every conflict comes down to the simple choices and heroism of WWII. And we've done that over and over since Mr. Estes wore his uniform. When will we all learn that the world ain't so simple anymore? If the geezers can't comprehend that, they need to find the wisdom to listen more and talk less.
The unfortunate truth is that Afghanistan is a no-win morass. We may long for the simplicity of the old-fashioned answers, but they just aren't there. We're in a country which didn't invade us, wasn't invaded by some other country from which we can heroically liberate it, we're uninvited, and we'll have 100,000 troops looking for about 100 Al Quaeda killers, and killing a bunch of Afghani civilians in the process.
Old Mr. Estes never lived through any of that, so his "guidance" just isn't helpful. And he only underscores that problem by his attempt to be condescending about it.