I don’t think that President Obama ever acknowledged that the surge in Iraq actually worked.
Because of that successful strategy, the world in general now considers the war in Iraq (one theater of the Global War on Terror) a victory.
But because if his reluctance to admit a surge strategy has already worked once, I guess it’s not surprising that the President is stonewalling General McChrystal on his (now-on-the-back-burner) request for a surge of 40,000 more troops for the Afghanistan theater.
In London last week, in response to a question about whether a more drone and special ops-focused strategy would work, the Telegraph reported McChrystal’s response, about which the President is reportedly furious:
“The short answer is: No… Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”
Is it the President’s hope that the General’s request, if ignored or denied, will cause McChrystal to resign or retire, thus allowing Obama the luxury of appointing someone he feels might be more complaisant to his point of view on Afghanistan (whatever that POV might be)?
I truly hope this is not the case, but it’s getting harder and harder to think otherwise as the President continues to stall on either answering McChrystal or even proposing a workable strategy of his own.
General McChrystal is an able and honorable man, wanting only the best for his country and his troops. I hope that the President can see this, and get beyond his evident distaste for military strategies that have proven to work in execution as well as in theory. Who knows? He might even begin to like the smell of victory…