Afghanistan: Tick Tock, Tick Tock, State Department leadership has been lacking


 Photo from State Department:                  Date: 2009-01-13 00:00:00.0 Description: Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be Secretary of State. State Dept Photo

As has been mentioned by a few major news outlets and countless internet pages, including this one, it appears the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been mishandled by this Administration and the country in general has been set adrift by the actions of the president that foster divisions….

 Hopefully, Secretary of State Clinton  can begin to help bring about a more coordinated effort within the civilian aspect of the operation in the two countries because unless that is done, regardless of how effective the military effort is, the overall mission will fail…  It is a tall order at this late date because up to now the Secretary has been missing in action, while too many civilian czars and egos of this and that kind have been cluttering up effective interagency cooperation in those operations…

Having set deadlines at which point military withdrawals would begin on its face seemed to have been a bad decision that raised the morale of the opposition and gave them the luxury of planning for the exit of American troops…  Regardless of what is said now or if at the last-minute the dates for withdrawal might be pushed back, the damage has been done and the wars might be lost because of the poor judgment exercised at the White House… 

That would be a tragedy…

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4 Responses

  1. I read the department of State will be in charge of a lot of things in Iraq after the military leaves and that many private contractors will be doing the work combat troops did; everythng seems so patchwork.

  2. I suspect that Hillary is staying as far away from these two actions as she can in hopes that Obama will manage to screw it up on his own and that she can then take advantage of his poor performance.

    I doubt that she could do much, anyway. Her performance at State has left much to be desired – she is out of her depth when it comes to the diplomacy.

  3. The US does not have the funds to continue with either Iraq or Afghanistan. I question the morality of such a lost cause, the death and destruction, the loss of America’s future parents. There is no excuse for waste of life.

  4. It’s already a tragedy.No clear goals and people die.Either we’re in or get out.

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