- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I was greatly impressed with President Obama’s speech at West Point. The setting was perfect, the speech well delivered and exciting. It made me want to go out and fight the Taliban. I was ready to suit up - until his speechwriters added the part about Vietnam, help from NATO and an 18-month surrender time frame (“Obama pledges to avoid repeat of Vietnam,” Page 1, Wednesday).

Afghanistan is nothing like Vietnam, where we fought toe-to-toe with a fairly modern army. The problem was that our political pundits allowed the enemy to fight on its own terms, and consequently our troops had to fight with one hand tied behind their backs. In Afghanistan, we are fighting a bunch of religious fanatics financed by drug cartels, and the Afghan government wants to win the war with no casualties.

The desired help from NATO is an illusion. A perfect example of this help comes in the announcement that 100 more German troops would be parachuting in to destroy the Taliban. Europe is overrun with Muslim extremists whom our NATO allies do not want to offend.

Mr. Obama’s timetable is a joke. I can just imagine President Franklin D. Roosevelt telling Gen. George C. Marshall, on Dec. 8, 1941, “General, you have 18 months to defeat Japan, or I am going to send your troops to the East Coast to defend against a German invasion.”

I have great respect for our president, but experience - or rather, the lack thereof - proves once again that if you walk like a novice and talk like a novice and look like a novice, you are a novice.

WILSON FARIS

Gaithersburg


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