Considering Afghanistan

by Mark Spivey

A article on Nov. 12 stated that President Barack ObamaâÄôs hesitancy on Afghan war build-up implies weakness. I wish world leaders had more of that kind of weakness. Obama does not want to send soldiers into harmâÄôs way without a clear goal, a solid plan and an exit strategy: three aspects sorely missing from President George W. BushâÄôs military ventures. Americans are used to presidents that play cowboy and say things like âÄúbring âÄòem onâÄù and âÄúmission accomplishedâÄù without a second thought âÄî presidents who send Americans into battle on falsified weapons reports. But it seems like our current president understands that you donâÄôt send soldiers into battle without first nailing down what weâÄôre supposed to be doing and why. So hats off to ObamaâÄôs âÄúhesitation.âÄù Soldiers are human beings, not chess pieces. It was about time we got a president who understands that. Mark Spivey Daily reader