Friday, September 03, 2010

Marine Corps Commandant James Conway: giving our enemy sustenance

I wondered why the silence over Conway's charge --and it's a charge for sure-- and could only think the Prez didn't can Conway pronto for fear of calling attention to it. Now Krauthammer picks it up. It wasn't going to go away.
Many have charged that President Obama's decision to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan 10 months from now is hampering our war effort. But now it's official. In a stunning statement last week, Marine Corps Commandant James Conway admitted that the July 2011 date is "probably giving our enemy sustenance."

A remarkably bold charge for an active military officer. It stops just short of suggesting aiding and abetting the enemy. Yet the observation is obvious: It is surely harder to prevail in a war that hinges on the allegiance of the locals when they hear the U.S. president talk of beginning a withdrawal that will ultimately leave them to the mercies of the Taliban.

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