Maybe We Won’t Defeat The TalibanAugust 14, 2009 at 6:30 am | Posted in American politics | 2 Comments
Secretary Gates says it will take years to defeat the Taliban. What if we don’t actually accomplish that goal? Remember, we’re undertaking this effort at quite a prohibitive cost ($60 billion per year). Can we maintain such a cost for years? Particularly when the end result won’t be what we really envision? Is it really worth the effort? Just look at the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. 33 years after they formed, they were finally defeated.
Maybe I’m underestimating the American military. But after Vietnam and Iraq, I have to underestimate their ability.