It’s Obama’s war, all right

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy


Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele caught grief recently for suggesting the war was doomed to fail. Steele, who has offended everyone from pro-lifers to Rush Limbaugh fans, truly has the gift of gaffe. But he wasn’t wrong to call Afghanistan a ‘war of Obama’s choosing.’ A recent National Journal graphic shows that under the president’s Afghan ’surge,’ OEF deployments passed Iraq troop levels in ‘a strategic pivot point’ earlier this year. Obama, Steele suggested, had bought into the Democratic ’script’ that has prevailed since the 2004 Kerry campaign: Iraq’s a distraction — ‘the battle should really be in Afghanistan.’ Obama’s escalation of that battle raises young John Kerry’s question about Vietnam: How do you ask someone ‘to be the last man to die for a mistake?’

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