Citing Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s warning earlier this week that his country will need aid to fund its security forces for up to 20 more years, Dennis Kucinich is proposing two resolutions when Congress reconvenes calling for President Obama to withdraw all US forces by no later than April 15, 2010.
“We cannot afford these wars. We cannot afford the loss of lives. We cannot afford the cost to taxpayers. We cannot afford to fail to exercise our constitutional right to end the wars,” said Kucinich.
While these resolutions have about as much chance of success as a veggie burger offering at McDonald’s they do however represent a serious challenge to the insane notion that “victory” of any kind can be achieved in the Afghanistan War with a limited “surge” of troops and some vague commitment to standing up the military forces of Karzai’s hopelessly corrupt puppet regime.
Thank goodness our government has (finally) had the good sense to tacitly acknowledge the complete futility and utter hopelessness of this harebrained foreign misadventure, even though they would be loathe to put their determination to withdraw troops in 2011 in precisely those terms. Were there not so much public opposition to such a bloody and ridiculously expensive folly, chances are that the Harper government would quite merrily continue our engagement in Afghanistan indefinitely…