Right now, President Barack Obama is trying to decide what to do about the war in Afghanistan.
According to a senior administration official, President Obama "has embarked on a very, very serious review of all options."
...but is that true? Are all options on the table? When you hear White House spokesman Robert Gibbs say things like:
"I don't think we have the option to leave. That's quite clear."--10/5/09
...or Defense Secretary Robert Gates, declaring:
"We are not leaving Afghanistan. This discussion is about next steps forward and the president has some momentous decisions to make."--10/5/09
It makes you wonder if they really are considering "all the options"--since many Americans believe the best option is to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring our troops home. If President Obama doesn't even consider that option, he is left to choose the best way to continue a war that we should not be fighting.
Let's do our own review of the war in Afghanistan. We can start by asking, "Why are we fighting in Afghanistan?"
The Bush Administration's stated purpose for invading Afghanistan was the "disrupting, dismantling and defeating the terrorist organization that attacked us on September 11."
Okay, in that case--Mission Accomplished! According to Obama's National security adviser, James Jones: