April 26, 2001: Barrie, Ontario
[Guest post by DRJ]
On the Op-Ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, Bob Kerrey hopes President Obama does not waver on Afghanistan:
“There is surely a strong temptation to conform his better judgment to popular opinion. If he chooses this politically safe route and does not give his military commander on the ground the resources needed to win, history will judge him harshly. Great American leaders of our past have ignored popular sentiment and pressed on during the darkest hours, even when setbacks give rhetorical ammunition to the skeptics.”
Kerrey notes the Taliban is not popular in Afghanistan so this isn’t another Vietnam, nor are Afghan leaders asking America to leave as happened in some parts of Iraq. Instead:
“[W]e are being asked to withdraw by American leaders who begin their analysis with the presumption that victory is not possible. They seem to want to ensure defeat by leaving at the very moment when our military leader on the ground has laid out a coherent and compelling strategy for victory.”
Kerrey concludes this is a test of Obama’s moral leadership and whether he will keep his word and commitments. I hope he will.