By Con George-Kotzabasis
A reply to: Senator Obama vs. President Obama on Afghanistan
By Steve Clemons the Washington Note August 10, 2010
“At what point do we say: ‘Enough’?” “Exactly” at the point of defeat for America. That is where Obama’s “enough” ends, and presumably Clemons’s too.
A U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will be interpreted by radical Islam as a comprehensive defeat of America and hence encourage the Islamists to further attack, in their eyes, a weak vulnerable U.S. Thus the end result of such withdrawal will not be the end of war but the end of America’s “mystique,” to use Clemons’s word, as a superpower. And worse, as the U.S. will still be forced to defend its vital interests by deploying its armed forces in multiple fronts, that the jihadists will open against it, from a position of weakness. Hence Obama as a post American and a weak president will not be fighting the Battle of Poitiers that stopped the Muslim invasion of Europe, on October 10, 732, but he will be setting in place America’s Waterloo at the hands of Islamist barbarians.
This is the sweetest betrayal of America by Obama: “A betrayal through a loving kiss,” to paraphrase the Austrian-Jewish philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. After promising so much, during his love for all “yes we can” electoral campaign, to the American people and to the world at large, all he has accomplished were to enfeeble the United States at a moment when the latter, and indeed, Western civilization, are threatened by irreconcilable deadly enemies, and when civilized societies are seeking a steadfast and sagacious political leadership, which at this stage only America can provide, to protect them from the ravages and menace of fanatical Islam.