Putting time on en­emy’s side

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

De­spite all the de­nials from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and its Afghan de­ci­sion sup­port­ers, the fact is that the Tal­iban and al Qaeda will take th­ese “soft” dead­lines as the only proof they need that Amer­ica is al­ready plan­ning its early with­drawal and can be waited out.

When will we un­der­stand that th­ese fa­nat­ics don’t re­spond to “caveats”, “nu­ances” or weasel­worded explanations of why th­ese “dead­lines” should not re­ally be taken as “dead­lines”? They heard a date — they have al­ready fas­tened onto it and will de­sign their cam­paign ac­cord­ingly. Ditto for the Afghans who are try­ing to de­cide who is the “strong horse” to sup­port.

Un­less our forces, in the tight sched­ule they have been given, can un­leash a dev­as­tat­ing blow against th­ese op­po­nents that ef­fec­tively puts them out of busi­ness for good, we have al­ready lost by ver­bal blun­ders. James N. Carides Sara­sota, Florida

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