Fighting a war with inconsistent policies and rules of engagement for its military is a recipe for disaster anywhere. Look no further than the US in Vietnam. That is not ancient history by any means, and yet, our memory is short, and history repeats.
Obama allowed the election there to end in a fraudulent manner. There was no democracy or fair election. America failed to insist another election and failed to support Abdullah, the only viable threat to Karzai, who America knows is corrupt in many ways. Are we stupid or what? It is like America supporting the Thieu regime in Vietnam which eventually just collapsed due to its own corruption. America forced Abullah to withdraw from the race, which is utterly shocking. He was a real contender that would have tested the democracy and yet withdrew because the US would not support him.
What is most laughable about Obama is that he said, "we will reward good governance, reduce corruption and support the rights of all Afghans". I see, by allowing a known corrupted government to remain in power and not promote a free election.
Another mistake is the timetable for the Afghan army to take over, which US commanders clearly have stated it will be at least three years and even longer for the police force. Why does Obama continue to claim the Afghan army will assume its role in July 2011? Wishful thinking? Can't Obama add?
Pakistan has told the US that it will not make further offensives against the Taliban in the tribal areas this year. What does the US do? Provide them even more aid and drones. Their offensives have been effective and their army is doing a good job, yet now they are stopping and like idiots, the US continues to support them with billions. Worse, General McChrystal in Afghanistan wants Pakistan to be the entity to handle talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan. Problem is that, most Afghans feel it is Pakistan trying to destabilize their country!
The US General feels that the former prime minister of the country, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, will be the negotiator. Problem is, the Afghans know him as a psychopath and his throwing of acid into women's faces at Kabul University in the 1970s. Worse, this guy is on the international terrorist list and remains hunted. And yet, the US ignores this, does not arrest him but want him to negotiate??? WTF. This is more than lame US policy.
Last year, the US Embassy requested 2.5 billion to invest in Afghanistan's infrastructure to help the people, yet, Obama rejected it. Yet, Obama approved of the surge that will cost ten times that yearly. Why send 30,000 troops if the plan is to negotiate with the enemy?
The only word for this policy is stupid. self-defeating.