Many of us on the left predicted this would happen, that once you whack the terrorist moles in Iraq, terrorism and insurgency will just pop up and/or increase someplace else. Sure enough, it's come true:
Grappling with a record death toll in an overshadowed war, President Bush promised Wednesday to send more U.S. troops into Afghanistan by year's end. He conceded that June was a "tough month," in fact, the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began.
"One reason why there have been more deaths is because our troops are taking the fight to a tough enemy, an enemy who doesn't like our presence there because they don't like the idea of America denying safe haven (to terrorists)," Bush told reporters. "Of course there's going to be resistance."
Bush said it was a tough month too for the Taliban. But the once-toppled Islamist regime in Afghanistan has now rebounded with deadly force.
More U.S. and NATO troops have died in the past two months in Afghanistan than in Iraq, a place with triple the number of U.S. and coalition forces.
In June, 28 U.S. troops died in Afghanistan. That was the highest monthly total of the entire war, which began in October 2001.
For the full U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan the death toll was 46, also the highest of the war.
John McCain whole-heartedly embraces the same failed policies and approaches of the Bush administration, and is offering nothing new in the way of a thoughtful, reasoned approach to dealing with terrorism in general, and the Mid-East in particular.
Update: I was asked in the comment thread what I thought was an alternative approach. Here's what I wrote...
My suggestion is to put the hammer away -- it was a wrong-headed approach to deal with terrorism by invading and occupying Iraq in the first place. We then need to isolate the various terrorist groups, seek them out, and destroy them.
By invading and occupying Iraq we've given the entire Muslim nation reasons to rise against us, all because Republicans crapped their pants after 9/11 and decided to fabricate lies about Hussein's ties to al-Qaeda in order to justify installing a military presence in the middle east to protect the interests of the oil companies.
The perceived threat of economic ruin after 9/11was real, but the military response was 'over-the-top' stupid. The Saudis are currently fighting off terrorist efforts to attack their oil infrastructure -- so what have we accomplished? We've wasted Americans lives, spent billions -- and the threat to our oil-dependent economy is greater than ever.
And staying in Iraq another 100 years won't change that. McCain is an idiot for suggesting this is like Korea -- in Korea we're protecting a border against military attack and invasion. Staying in Iraq and fighting the terrorist threat to disrupt the flow of oil from Iraq does nothing to protect our economic interests. The moles just pop up someplace else -- this week it's Saudi Arabia - next week it'll be someplace else.
And there is no threat to American life and limb that is mitigated by our presence in the Middle East. That's just more Republican boogie men stupidity.
We need to identify the bad actors and target them... seek them out and destroy them. Georgie and Johnny still don't get that, Obama does.
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