A senior Army strategist says President Barack Obama plans to conduct nothing more than an "ink spot" strategy in the war in Afghanistan.
Speaking last night to the nation from the U.S. Military Academy, President Barack Obama said the war in Afghanistan is not lost and officially announced that he will send another 30,000 U.S. troops to fight it. The first new U.S. forces will join the fight by Christmas, he said, adding that U.S. forces will begin coming home in July 2011.
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) disagrees with the administration's plan, arguing that a counterinsurgency operation cannot be conducted using an "ink spot" strategy.
"They're going to select key cities like Kandahar and Kabul to bring security to them, and then develop them with the intent to turn over security of those 'ink spot' secure areas to the Afghan security force," he explains. "[In doing so] you've surrendered most of the country to the Taliban."
The Pentagon advisor does not think it is wise to set any timeline for a troop pullout. "The Taliban knows the timeline -- and so all they have to do is to go to the safe havens that are all over the country, much less Pakistan, and to sit this one out," Maginnis laments. "I think that's fundamentally the flaw of this plan."
Maginnis says clearly Afghanistan is now Obama's war -- and if, despite what the president says, it becomes another Vietnam, the president and his party will pay the consequences.
"What I really find disturbing is that Obama basically gave a heads up to the terrorists that we will be pulling out our troops in July of 2011. They just have to bide their time. Was he born under a rock or did his mom drop him too many times and has suffered brain damage? WTH!
To save the terrorists some trouble why not just hand them all of our covert plans on a silver platter, because that is exactly what he is doing along with the ignorance of the MSM who seem to feel compelled to give away our strategic locations."
Seriously folks we have an immediate problem with Obama. His lack of military experience is shining too brightly for my comfort. He is inept and needs to step aside and allow our military to deal with all problems that involve, protecting our nation, which should be Obama's top priority but isnt, dealing with terrorists and warfare. They cannot do their jobs with their hands tied behind their backs."