Why did Obama insist on making Afghanistan a big war?

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yanisha
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Why did Obama insist on making Afghanistan a big war?
Mar 18, 2012

I just don't get it. Bush sent a relatively small number of the U.S military into Afghanistan along with military from other UN members with the intention of routing al Qaeda there. Done. After that was accomplished they stayed, but it was a backburner war with few casualties just trying to keep al Qaeda from reestablishing themselves there. Obama, maybe for psychological reasons related to growing up without his father, had to somehow prove that he was a macho guy so he insisted that Afghanistan must be a full-blown war with lots of killing, blood, hate, terror, misery and he was the guy to make it so. Well, he did. With the cheering of his party and his partisans right there with him. He dramatically increased the number of military there and turned the war level up several notches. What a mess. How could Obama be so ignorant of history? Afghanistan is known as the Graveyard of Empires. Didn't he and his advisers know anything about the Muslim sensibilities there? Didn't they know anything about the savage tribalism there? Didn't they know any history? Didn't they know the experience of the Soviets there? They just rushed in without thinking in order to prove their manhood and so that Obama could impress and outdo his dead father.

Iraq was a mess, but fortunately the U.S. is out of there. Bush got America in, but he also got America out with the negotiated withdrawal he did before leaving office. Bush may have made a big mistake in going into Iraq, but he didn't have recent history screaming right in his face making it clear that he shouldn't do it. Obama after being against Iraq and seeing what a mess it became and with the Iraq experience screaming, screeching, clawing right in his face then perversely and inexplicably decided to turn Afghanistan into something similar or even worse. You've got to question the IQ and mental stability of someone like that, I think.

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