And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar:
No matter who the President; no matter what the resources in men and material, the war in Afghanistan has slipped away from us. This action taken in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is failing. The commander of US and Nato forces, “General Stanley McChrystal described the situation in the country as ’serious’ but said success could be achieved there with a new approach.” http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6816001.ece
The General took command of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and responsibility for reporting to NATO in Brussels, this past June. In making this appointment, many believe President Obama made the war in Afghanistan his war.
And now we await the verdict from the Commander-in-Chief: Will he give General McChrystal the troops he needs to recast the strategy from one of protecting the villages to an aggressive hunt for the enemy? The General advises a new strategy.
Ultimately, it will be the war that will take down this administration. What good will any health plan do if services to patients should be curtailed to redirect monies to the War? And how to round out our involvement in that region. Do we ” let slip the dogs of war” and go full tilt for the kind victory that has eluded our troops since Viet Nam? Or do we follow the US military pattern of the past generation: wind down and retreat? The cost in lives, money, material and international standing are insurmountable. These are times when even Shakespeare would have found the words coming with more difficulty.