See the following posts: The Terrorists' Tet and The Jihadi Tet Is Coming...So Shut Up. The first was written on 12.28.07 and the next was written on 01.09.08. A LONG time ago. The same thing is happening in Afghanistan and our losers here at home are doing the exact same thing now as they did then.
See also Michelle Malkin, "The Deadly Siege at Kamdeysh." And Weasel Zippers, "Afghanistan: Eight More Heroes Die In Day-Long Taliban Attack ...", Memeorandum and Jules Crittenden, "Afghan Tet".
[...] Sounds a little like the Taliban would like to pull off an Afghan Tet. Rack up some bad headlines, drive down the poll numbers and panic Congress while the president dithers. You’ll recall that in the original Tet, the Viet Cong and North Vietnam won a Pyrrhic political victory. Though decimated, severely compromed as a fighting force going forward and having failed to hold any ground, they managed to turn American public and political opinion. And won. [...]
The same is happening now in Afghanistan that was tried...and failed in Iraq and Vietnam. Afghanistan: Do we win or do we lose? I say we win but, Obama...who knows?
[...] The facts are lost on congressional Democrats and the hardline antiwar left. But as I noted at my report above, a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will invite another attack on America on the scale of September 11. And both security experts and military personnel agree: "This is a moment in history we must not miss." What's missing is a committed and resolute civilian leadership to see to it that America gets the job done. [...]
What's missing is a resolve from Obama but, America sucks, so there you have it.
So, in Afghanistan, do we win or do we lose?
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[...] In the time since Gen. McChrystal gave his assessment, President Obama implored the international community to act quickly on climate change legislation or face irreversible catastrophe. He also found Chicago’s useless Olympic bid so important that he needed a quickly arranged overseas flight to make sure the situation didn’t get out of hand. This week he’ll delay any decision on Afghanistan while the White House determines the best way to winterize Michelle’s garden.
After seeing Gen. Jones sent out to spin some comfort I don’t believe that the president is seriously considering Gen. McChrystal’s recommendations. The Message Machine is preparing everyone for a decision that has probably been in the can for a while.
And more room is being made under the bus.
As with every other bad feeling I’ve had about this president’s horrible foreign policy instincts, I hope he proves me wrong. [...]
He won't prove Stephen wrong. Obama is an ASSHAT.
[...] Up to that point Obama had only met with McChrystal once - that's "one time" - since asking for his assessment in Afghanistan. Only when that fact became public did Obama have a meeting with McChrystal, and from what we have read it was nothing more than a photo op. In fact, Obama seemed far more focused on getting his hometown the Olympics than doing his job as Commander in Chief.Military leaders on both sides of the pond have expressed concerned about the dwindling situation in Afghanistan and through that Obama's inaction.And while he fails to act, our soldiers are dying. [END]