A Letter to Republicans

December 2, 2009

Dear Republicans,

I’ve heard your complaints and now I wish to address them one by one.

1. Obama never said the word “Victory.” That’s because there is no such thing as a victory in what we’re doing. We’re fighting the terrorists, not the country. And as I said in my post last night, there is no way to weed out every single terrorist. The military knows it, the President knows it. I’m surprised so many of you don’t.

Everyone was so enraged about not using “Victory,” I’m sure some pundit put it  in your heads that it should be said, but do me a favor, and imagine what a VICTORY looks like. Think about WWII, think about celebration and patting ourselves on the back.

Now think about the work we’re doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. What does a victory look like to you? Maybe you see life as a movie, that one Afghan who wears a symbol of terrorism, runs down a crowded dusty street as our GI Joe tries to catch up. There are a few moments when we all wonder, will this last terrorist escape?!?! Then Joe springs out of the dust to catch this man. Joe spouts off a wise crack before the streets erupt with cheering and US flag waving. All the Afghans cry and laugh and cheer because victory has finally arrived!

This is not what Afghanistan is about. In order to leave, we have to trust them with their own government. It will not be so much a victory, which implies one’s dominance over the other, but a returning to the people something that was already theirs.

2. Obama “dithered” I love this word, but its just not true. MSNBC fact checker (don’t skip this part because its MSNBC):

OBAMA: “Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war.”

THE FACTS: He is correct, despite being accused by former Vice President Dick Cheney of dithering by taking the autumn to review options for Afghanistan.

Dick Cheney is only hurting the Republican party. Not a single democrat is going to vote for him, he’s one of the most unlikeable people ever, he shot a man in the face. Republicans, you need to do something to shut him up. He’s not helping.

3. The money issue, which we’re just going to have to disagree on. If you want to know what I think, I can post it later.

4. The withdrawal date, which McCain and Palin (together at last!) both criticized. McCain said “that gives the wrong impression to our friends, it’s the wrong impression to give our enemies.” Sometimes I think you guys, republicans, want to just go ahead and take over Afghanistan, claim it for our own. The truth is, we have to leave someday, we can not stay there forever. It might not be 2011, but that is the goal. And the goal may have to be moved up or back, only time will tell, but we’re looking at 10 years. 10. And you guys just want more and more.

And if you guys believe that we are under a time frame of 12 months to win, if you’re using that number to keep on saying he dithered, how can you say you actually need more that 18? Pick a side and stick to it.

I can’t address fully 5. fewer troops than were asked for and 6. Address at Westpoint, but I will say for 5, McCrystal said it was enough and 6, I loved watching him look the troops that probably will be deployed in the eye and tell them what will happen to them. What their future will be.