Readers decry another Afghan study
One thing most of our Readers Who Comment do not want is another study of Afghanistan -- this time of its provincial leadership -- before President Obama makes a decision about how to proceed with the war in that country.
While White House deliberations about Afghanistan have continued over recent weeks, more and more readers have expressed frustration at the pace, and many say the president is dithering. While a few of today's commenters support the process, this thread of more than 300 comments (8:50 a.m. EDT) is the strongest call for a decision I have seen from those who write in.
As Post reporters Scott Wilson and Greg Jaffe write, "The detail [Obama] is now seeking... reflects the administration's turn toward Afghanistan's provincial governors, tribal leaders and local militias as potentially more effective partners in the effort than a historically weak central government..."
Several who comment also see irony in the timing of this request with President Obama's pre-dawn visit to Dover Air Force Base to pay homage to the fallen as their remains were flown back to the United States.
We'll start with dwstclair, who summarized the views of many in writing, "...It takes the White House gaggle this long to figure they need a study? And when they get this study what are they going to do with it? Obama has NO military experience and he is going to nit pick the deployment adding three guys here and taking away two there?"
huj534op asked, "how would you feel, mr president, if those boxes coming off the plane in dover, carried your wife, and daughters? put yourself in the family's shoes, how would you feel about war, is it worth it?"
JoeDBrown said, "Will someone please tell Obama that he's not in a law school or graduate school seminar anymore. He is the President of the United States. If he doesn't want to use the Army could he please loan it to General McC."
gsms69 said, "Another study? How many more studies... I said a week ago that he would make a decision after our elections and if that is what is happening, that is disgusting. Either help our troops out or bring them all home."
donbl wrote, "This is why we do not elect senators very often. Governors at least will make a decision."
But ggwalt said, "Another Bush mess left for Obama to clean up. Bush not only dithered in Afghanistan, but abandoned it to turn his sights on Iraq. Now we have a horrible situation over there that's moved into Pakistan. I don't think there's any real hope for Afghanistan, who's never been able to maintain a functioning society... Seems to me, however, that the consensus is that there's nothing to be gained by staying in Afghanistan. Bush indeed set the world on fire, then walked away."
RWells2 asked, "He is doing what?!? I had to read this article twice to make sure I honestly read what I read - an overnight nod in Dover, then this. I wonder did he tell the families that he is doing a study of the warzone?... He must be politically removed from office."
Charles15 wrote, "GWB did not do a proper analysis of objectives and the resources required to achieve those objectives in both Iraq and Afghanistan- look where that got us. The old 'hunt them down, smoke them out and shoot them' mentality does not work... But first- just what does the U.S hope to achieve in the region?"
Bob65 said, "Obamabots, please spare us the nonsense about how Obama is carefully deliberating what to do, blah, blah, blah. His generals have already told him what needs to be done, and have laid out the strategies to win in Afghanistan. Obama is quite simply ignoring them because he, in keeping with his supremely narcissist ways, thinks he knows more than they do."
anonymous_ wrote, "Pres. Obama has made the right decision because 1. It is time for Afghans to take care of their own internal matters
2. US defense forces in Afghanistan have one and only one function - to disable terrorists to an extent that they are not a threat to US security and assets. US defense forces in Afghanistan have no business to run day to day affair of governing Afghanistan..."
mike85 wrote, "I find it hard to believe that the United States of America elected such a cowardly, indecisive wuss for President."
To which AlanGoldberg54 responded, "mike85 What, specifically, would you like to be done about Afghanistan? Just calling Obama names is not a plan but usually what cowardly people hiding behind something do. Obama has already increased the number of troops in Afghanistan and increased the number of attacks on the Taliban over that of Bush. What, exactly, do you want done in Afghanistan? If you were President, what would you do?"
mharwick wrote, "As a Nam veteran I prefer a commander in chief who actually thinks about the cost in lives The Chicago organizer thinks about the cost in votes not lives. We have troops that need help now and their General said so in no uncertain terms. If he thought about the costs in lives he would have ordered the troops requested immediately..."
Toosoonoldtoolatesmart said, "Obama needs to go back to some liberal university (lots of choices there) to study and be deliberative to his heart's content. For my son in Afghanistan, this President is a disgrace and a threat to our national security."
dwstclair wrote, "...It takes the White House gaggle this long to figure they need a study? And when they get this study what are they going to do with it? Obama has NO military experience and he is going to nit pick the deployment adding three guys here and taking away two there?"
We'll close with mbaker1, who said, "You can't beat the enemy on their own soil. The Russians learned that lesson in Afganistan and the U.S. learned it in Viet Nam. What are we fighting for???????"
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October 29, 2009; 7:38 AM ET
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