Putting time on enemy’s side
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