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Afghanistan: Go Big or Go Home?

It has now been ninety days since Gen. Stanley McChrystal submitted his review of the military strategy in Afghanistan in which he recommended a surge of U.S. troops. Since then President Obama, like a teenager avoiding dish duty, has busied himself with all sorts of other less important projects, from failed Olympic bids to China trips to Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches, in an apparent attempt to postpone an unpleasant confrontation with a dirty job that only he can do.

After all, the decision to send tens of thousands of additional soldiers to Afghanistan is not one to be taken lightly. It must be contemplated thoroughly — perhaps over a dozen or so rounds of golf.

 In the meantime more than 100 troops in Afghanistan have lost their lives.

Today Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), in anticipation of President Obama’s long awaited decision on Afghanistan, pronounced an interesting solution to the complexities of the quagmire there.

In an address at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, Congressman Chaffetz laid out his position on ending the eight year war. It is essentially “go big or go home.” What a concept. Mr. President, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t send only some of the required troops to the region, in hopes of not angering the anti-war left too badly, tie the military’s hands with political correctness, waver in commitment, and then expect to secure a victory in Afghanistan.

Rep. Chaffetz believes that the troops have already fought and won in Afghanistan by rooting out Al-Qaeda (according to Obama’s National Security Advisor fewer than 100 Al-Qaeda remain in the country) and toppling the Taliban, but the United States will need to continue to hunt and kill terrorists around the world. Chaffetz said if the President believes we need to continue fighting in Afghanistan, we need to do so with full commitment to win — otherwise we should begin the process of bringing our troops home.

Chaffetz also addressed what he considers to be the “real threats” to our nation: Iran, which he says represents the most immediate threat to world peace; terrorism, whether it originates in Afghanistan or elsewhere; and debt, which is the greatest menace to the long-term stability of the United States.

Chaffetz has stepped out of his party’s box on this one. But that’s not unusual for the freshman congressman who defeated a 12-year incumbent RINO last year in an unprecedented victory with no name recognition, no money, and no paid staff.

Cross posted at www.deidrehenderson.blogspot.com