That’s the message from the pro-war, any-war bloggers these days (see here and here, and here, and here, for example).
But of course, it’s not possible for Obama to lose in Afghanistan, because that war is over, and it was a total victory for the Empire — at least, that’s what Dick Cheney assured us back in 2002:
The U.S. Vice-President, Dick Cheney, said today the Taliban militia was now “out of business, permanently” as the allies targeted weapons of mass destruction in the next phase in the war on terror.
“In Afghanistan, the terror camps have been destroyed, and will not be rebuilt,” Mr. Cheney told about 300 U.S. soldiers serving in the southern Sinai desert with the 1,900-strong, 11-member multinational peace-keeping force.
“Al-Qaeda terrorists are trying to re-group in that country, and they are being permanently dealt with,” Mr. Cheney said at South Camp, just south of the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. “The Taliban regime is out of business, permanently,” Mr. Cheney said, warning that “Afghanistan was only the beginning of a long and unrelenting effort.”
That “long and unrelenting effort” refers to the Neocon opium dream of
conquering liberating the entire Middle East — you know, today Afghanistan, tomorrow the Muslim world. Neocon lunatic (sorry for the redundancy) Michael Ledeen expounded on that goal in September, 2002, when he proclaimed the unbeatable DC Empire shouldn’t think about promoting stability, but
“should instead be talking about using all our political, moral, and military genius to support a vast democratic revolution to liberate all the peoples of the Middle East from tyranny.” In addition to Iraq, he says, the governments of Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia must also be overthrown. “Stability is an unworthy American mission, and a misleading concept to boot. We do not want stability in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and even Saudi Arabia; we want things to change. The real issue is not whether, but how to destabilize.”
It was Ledeen, you’ll recall, who bragged that Neocons hated tradition and order, preferring “creative destruction,” which is much more fun. They just do not grasp that their other-worldly theories are ruining lives thousands of miles away.
It’s like a horror story worthy of the Twilight Zone — some nerds are playing Risk, not realizing their game is causing actual bloodshed outside their cozy rec room.
More at memeorandum.