Friday, December 11, 2009
Will the American empire meet it's demise in Afghanistan?
I can't say that I disagree with the core message of this cartoon.
Obama is a gifted politician and an unquestioningly clever man, but I find it hard to believe he will accomplish that which the Soviet empire could not do, that which the British empire could not do and that which the Turkish and Mongol empires could not do -- namely tame a hellish, fractious land who's people are constantly at internecine war, but who somehow find the will to band together to repel outside invaders when the occasion arises.
I've resigned myself to the view that the outcome of this conflict is preordained. And that's not being pessimistic, it's called being realistic.