Democrats once gleefully (and wrongly) pronounced the Iraq War “another Vietnam” and “lost”, while simultaneously declaring the War in Afghanistan to be of paramount importance and a “good war”. President Barack Obama came into office with the Iraq War won and Afghanistan heating up. He had the chance to demonstrate his resolve as a real leader of men, as a worthy commander-in-chief after deriding his predecessor’s custody of the American presidency, and to make good on his combative campaign promises.
His assertions that Al-Qaeda has been decimated are simply not true at all: Al-Qaeda is resurgent. Relations with the Afghan government have deteriorated to the point of open, scathing criticism of U.S. policy in that country. Most heartbreakingly, rather than seeing a decline in American troop fatalities, Obama’s new rules of engagement have seen a marked spike.
Yet the media is glossing over all of these things in favor of praising Obama for ending two wars. The danger here is that the Left finds the idea of “ending” war commensurately equal with “winning” war. “Victory” is not a term they use. Packing up and going home early from the football game ends the game, but it does not win the game. Yet this is exactly what President Obama and the Left did in Iraq, and are preparing to do in Afghanistan. As we are hauntingly reminded by General Douglas MacArthur’s farewell address, “There is no substitute for victory.” If there is no victory, then everything committed to in Afghanistan –including the lives spent in pursuit of a greater cause –will amount to nothing. And there is no greater way to dishonor sacrifice than to willingly render it obsolete.