So I see where Gov. Gary Herbert is in Afghanistan, visiting the troops, and telling us all that the war is winnable.
Gad, where do we get these people? He goes over, gets a 1-day education from the military’s public affairs folks, and suddenly he’s got answers.
The story here (click) in fun to read because it makes one wonder just how much Gary has been paying attention. He’s a governor of a state, with tropps from that state in the war, but Gary doesn’t seem to know too much about it. I mean, a show-the-flag tour of the war zone is not the place to be picking up basic knowledge of a conflict the c0untry has been engaged in for a decade, but that seems to be what Gary is doing.
For example, he says the visit cleared up some misconceptions he had. He thought the draw down currently underway was all the troops, but it turns out it’s just some of the the surge of 30,000 or so extras we sent in a year or so ago.
How could the governor of Utah not know that? I knew that. Of course, I do read the news. Maybe Gov. Herbert doesn’t read the news. He ought to. It would help him understand why he has to go to funerals of Utah kids killed in the war. If he enjoys going to those funerals, he can rest assured that he will get lots of opportunity in the years to come.
Then there’s Gary’s word that the new commander of our troops in Afghanistan has a “laser-like focus” on transferring the war to the Afghanis. That’s an interesting statement on two levels: One, Gov. Herbert earlier in the story said it will take a very long time to make progress in the war because the Afghanis are tribal and corrupt and Muslim and lots of other things that we have to get around before peace and democracy can bloom, which essentially means we need to make them stop being Afghanis — good luck on that. Alexander the Great couldn’t do it, England and Russia couldn’t do it, we’re supposedly better?
And, second, the term “laser-like” — where have we heard that before?
Why, last year, in the GOP campaigns where they promised a “laser-like focus” on jobs once they got to Washington which, as we all know, somehow morphed into a laser-like focus on opposing anything President Obama tried to do, up to and including keeping the government going, so you’ll pardon me if Herbert’s use of the phrase does not comfort me.