Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Barack Obama's attack on our troops

Barack Obama's recent comments on foreign policy have revealed his inadequacies as a potential president. Yesterday he came out and attacked our troops in Afghanistan.
Asked whether he would move U.S. troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism elsewhere, he brought up Afghanistan and said, "We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."
Jim Geraghty does a bit of research and easily disproves the idea that we only are using air forces in Afghanistan. Captain Ed has some more research on what the proportion of air forces is in Afghanistan. You'd think that a senator who is voting on funding these forces would have known this.

I'd like to hear Senator Obama explain how he is going to "get the job done there" and do a better job of avoiding killing citizens when the jihadis hide among civilians using them as human shields.

Perhaps there is a value in this long campaign - it's given voters a chance to get beyond the celebrification of Barack Obama and to get a better idea of his grasp of foreign policy. And he keeps demonstrating that he is not quite ready for prime time.

UDPATE: Jim Geraghty has an update to his post on Obama's words. He makes the point that we really have no way of knowing who is a jihadist and who is a civilian casualty when all we have is a corpse. Yes, many civilians have been killed in Afghanistan, but if Obama is sincere about prosecuting the war more seriously over there, he is going to have to realize that we will not be able to avoid civilian casualties. The difference between us and them, though, is that we do all that we can to avoid those casualties - we do more probably than any military in modern history to avoid those casualties. We risk the lives of our troops in our care to not harm civilians. This war would be a lot easier if we didn't worry about killing non-combatants. And Obama should be paying tribute to those efforts rather than acting like we're just dropping bombs from the air regardless of who is hurt below.