Sarah Palin uses Facebook to slam Obama on Afghanistan
Could the fight within the Obama administration and outside critics (Palin) be a sign that the debate is really about the terms of a coalition exit?
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Her medium? Facebook.
“Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision – it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan,” she wrote in a three-paragraph note. A little thumbs-up icon underneath declares that, as of this writing, “9,809 people like this.”
If the medium is the message, the post seems to actually dignify the three-ring spectacle that has burst forth since Afghans cast their votes nearly two months ago: fraudsters in Kabul, a hush-up at the United Nations, and leaks and backbiting between America’s military and civilian leadership with more than a dash of good ol’ Washington partisanship.
Political circuses surrounding wars are not new – protesters against the Vietnam War tried to levitate the Pentagon, after all. However, the past few weeks have vaulted a once-forgotten war into a ripping yarn fit for the Globe Theater. Or at least a Facebook thread that, as of now, weaves together 1,488 comments.
Could the sudden saturation of political tussling over Afghanistan be read as a sign that the war is reaching an apogee – that the debate is actually over the terms of an eventual coalition exit? Or, as T.E. Lawrence would say, "the peace."
As Feisal tells T.E. Lawrence in one of the final scenes of “Lawrence of Arabia”: “Young men make wars, and the virtues of war are the virtues of young men – courage and hope for the future. Then old men make the peace, and the vices of peace are the vices of old men – mistrust and caution. It must be so.”
Mistrust and caution appear to mark many of the key relationships among the deciders of Afghanistan's future.