The one aspect of the ongoing war in Afghanistan that has always greatly troubled me is the undeniable fact that our civilian leadership—meaning: the Executive and Congress—have completely failed to layout a clear and concise strategy for “victory.”
Sadly, because of this undeniable fact, the war in Afghanistan has run afoul of some all-important, time-tested military maxims.
For example, Sun Tzu writes in his famous treatise on warfare The Art of War in Chapter II—Waging War:
3. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.
6. There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.
Prolonged conflicts demoralize a nation and its military, and drains the treasuries dry. If war is to be engaged in, and we are going to put our own into harm’s way, there must be a strategy for achieving clear objectives employed, not just tactics.
Now, we are seeing something very bad indeed: the American public has become war-weary and the press rarely reports on the war in “The Stan.” Lately, posts about Afghanistan receive very little traffic on my blog.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
“The New York Times’ media blog found that public interest in the war in Afghanistan is so low that it did not register as one of the biggest stories of 2012.
The Pew Research Center’s weekly polling on the public’s interest in news stories showed such a low level of interest that the overseas conflicts didn’t make the organization’s list of the year’s top 15 stories.
Nor did the Afghan war come up often when The Associated Press conducted its annual poll of editors and news directors in the United States. The only overseas stories voted to be the year’s top news stories involved Libya and Syria.
Yahoo’s list of the top news stories of the year also omitted the war, and so did a separate list of the top international news stories. Those lists were created by analyzing millions of searches by Yahoo users.
It is hard to say if the amount of interest is low because coverage of the war is scant or if the coverage is scant because interest is low. Either way, the media has focused very little attention on both the president’s use of drone strikes to kill terrorists across the globe as well as the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Not everyone has forgotten about the troops in Afghanistan, however. Spirit of America’s ‘68,000 Remember‘ campaign, which is collecting photos to create a wall of remembrance for those still serving. Photos can be uploaded to the group’s Facebook page; the photos submitted already can be viewed here.”
I would hope people who feel themselves “war-weary” remember that the true war-weary are the military and their families, who have endured numerous deployments into full-blown combat zones for well over a decade now. We cannot forget them.
When Obama first took office, he stated that “America demands answers ” concerning the Afghan war. Yes, Mr. President, America demands answers. And America would like to know why Obama does not seem to have any answers! He is the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Military the last time I checked.