This column is particularly thoughtful...Ralph believes, if I understand him right, that Afghanistan is very likely to be an unwinnable war for many reasons...here are the big three:
- The Taliban are drawn from the Pushtan tribe, the biggest tribe in the country, and as Ralph correctly posits that most 21st century wars will be tribal war, we are fighting the hometown boys instead of a bunch of Al Queda interlopers.
- As much as Iraq had identity issues as a country, Afghanistan is even worse and trying to get some sort of working federal government will likely never work without favoring one tribe over another.
- MOST OF ALL, the issue of Pakistan is hopelessly intertwined. As long as the Taliban can cross the border into safety and the Pakistani military doesn't really, truly crack down on them, we are faced with a long, drawn out war that the lefties in the Democratic party will not long suffer.....
hmmmmmmm...could this be what Obambi and his minions fear the most (Petraeus/Palin 2012)