- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

According to an editorial in The Washington Times (“Obama goes wobbly on Afghanistan,” Opinion, Tuesday), the White House is now “seeking an exit strategy” in Afghanistan. It is ironic that the anti-anti-terror left is now bent on the failed cut-and-run strategy of the Iraq war. What the left once deemed a “war of necessity” has become a war of choice. We heard that before with respect to Iraq. Yet President Bush proved his critics wrong by winning the war in Iraq - in spite of the fact that his opponents fought tooth and nail to secure our defeat.

Mr. Obama would do well to remember his comments last month to the Veterans of Foreign Wars: “This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget: This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity.” That was true in Iraq, and it is no less true in Afghanistan.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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