- Jan 17, 2008
OK PFOS, I'm going to challenge you to support that assertion. As a Veteran, while I do see some things about both Afghanistan and Iraq that I would have done differently, I have seen nothing to lead me to believe that as far as GWOT that President Bush has "failed us".
By your saying that he "failed us", that indicates that you have a particular outcome in mind that has not been achieved, so perhaps you would be so kind as to share with us exactly what you would have done differently to achieve that outcome.
1 I would have put the troops needed into Afghanistan. Not putting so much on the hands of Afghans to do our job because where where scared to get bloody. I would have put in the support the Military, and CIA needed to get there job done. Gary Berntsen, the top CIA man on the ground there made it very clear we had Bin Laden, but we failed to send in the troops needed when he requested them, and relied on Afghans to do that job, and they let him slip past. I would have more troops ready to go into Pakistan if needed and make sure we help Afghanistan , not to let it build as it is today where its getting worse not better , and the Al Qaeda/Taliban forces gain in power while we sit and look over the border at them rarely able to do anything to them.
And as for Iraq....I would not have gone in. We had bigger fish to fry, and from the start Iran as a bigger threat and all we have done is strengthened Iran at every turn. Had I actually gone in, I would have done so with alot more troops, and focused on Securing it rather then taking it as fast as possible. Never disbanded the army ( only top Generals and those known to have committed major war crimes) The Surge, should have been done Right away not years down the road. The American Public and Iraqis may not have liked The lock down, as they wanted to see people in the streets with flags giving candy to the troops....But I will take Secure empty streets that we can take out anyone who looks at us funny until we have gone threw and tried to clean out Insurgent forces.Then Slowly move things back. The biggest 2 threats from Saddam in a war was 1. Bio/chem attack and 2 Insurgency...the Iraqi army was basically worthless save for a few units and we knew that.
That said, I would not have gone in.