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#1 One positive consequence of the election is that Obama will own the humiliating defeat to/in Afghanistan.
If the Republicans were smart they'd put the deadly ROE for Western forces on the agenda.
And they'd pressure Obama to dramatically accelerate withdrawal from Afghanistan both as a spending cut and to prevent unnecessary maiming and killing of Western troops.
The Afghanistan war is unpopular, expensive and arguably counterproductive so this would be good policy. They'd also repudiate one of Bush's mistakes that Obama continued and exacerbated.
Hopefully Afghanistan will descend into instability and chaos. Chaotic Afganistan in the early/mid 90s was a news footnote, stable Taliban run Afghanistan later was an existential threat.
Unfortunately the Republicans aren't know as the "Smart Party."
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2012-11-08 08:44||
#2 If the Repubs argued FOR accelerated withdrawal the Dems would have to resist and argue for staying longer - I think it's in the program code.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-11-08 13:02||
#3 I agree wholeheartedly that the Repubs should immediately push for prompt withdrawal. There is nothing to be gained by staying and much to be lost.
Posted by remoteman 2012-11-08 14:35||