Sunday, June 15, 2014

I Smell a Grenade

As Russia settles in to Crimea and China pushes its sea borders; and as jihadis drive Iraqi defenders out of northern Iraq and others stage spectacular attacks in Pakistan, let us remember the words of our president a year ago as he framed our pending withdrawal from Afghanistan:

This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises.

History also advises that wars end with a victor and a vanquished.

"Responsibly ending" a war, history advises, is not the same as winning the war.

Where does that leave us? In Afghanistan or Iraq?

Or in the general war on terror, for that matter? With enemy successes abroad, some ambitious young jihadis are surely aspiring to hit us at home.

In the future, history will surely advise that community organizers make poor commanders-in-chief during war.

UPDATE: Even the Obama administration, which so recently boasted that al Qaeda was dead and on their heels, worries that al Qaeda is actually on their toes leaning forward:

As al-Qaeda splits and morphs and into different affiliates and offshoots, U.S. counterterrorism officials worry about what one calls a “potential competitive dynamic” in which different factions — including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now sowing civil war in Iraq — seek to bolster their credibility by attacking the United States.

We have little interest in fighting al Qaeda. But al Qaeda is very interested in killing us.