Bob Herbert has a new column up on Afghanistan. The short version: Barack Obama is marching into disaster. So wise — and so damned obvious.
This is just so frustrating. Obama talks “walk softly,” but his Afghan strategy is just so damn “big stick.” It’s American exceptionalism all over again, just absent the blustery talk. No one — let me repeat — no one who has ever tried occupying/pacifying Afghanistan has ever escaped heartache. We won’t either.
This is a losers bet.
According to Herbert, Joe Biden is the voice of caution on Afghanistan within the administration. So far, at least, Obama isn’t listening. Rethink that, Mr. President. You’re walking onto quicksand. And you’re talking everything you care about along with you.