Philwelch wrote:It also knocks down the "the Nobel prize will encourage Obama to act peacefully" argument as well. Actually, this only goes to show how useless it was to award the prize to Obama--not only has Obama done nothing in the past to merit the prize, it is now obvious that his current and future decisions will be unaffected by the prize as well.
I was hoping that the argument wouldn't go here. Helping Afghanistan and their peoples is an important venture that must be pursued to assure future stability in the region (and also possibly on the home front). People fail to realize that America has some politicans, sometimes, that realize the duty it has to help others in the world who would otherwise not stand a chance and surely die or at least be displaced. Charlie Wilson did the same exact thing in the 1980s, was unpopular for it, but saved countless lives.
It can also be seen that increasing troop numbers in occupied lands will not only decrease the percentage of fatalities (as logic would dictate), but also a decrease in the overall number of fatalities. This is one aspect of the Republicans' agenda that Americans can not understand most of the time, chiefly due to fear tactics employed by Democrats from 2003-2008.
As Obama has graduated to executive power, he no doubt realizes the only possible courses of action for the future of our country.
The humanitarian effort in foreign countries has historically plagued the minds of our greatest politicians. Jimmy Carter has said that his greatest regret was not being more involved in Rwanda (a result of the fear mongering on the result of the conflict in Somalia, and specifically Black Hawk Down). President Reagan succumed to the foriegn pressure in Afghanistan and approved the shipping of Stinger missiles to Afghanistan, which ended the stalemate between the Mujahideen and the Soviet Union.
If anything should be taken from history, we should realize that we have been wrong in the past, will continue to make the same mistakes in the future, and it will take too long to regret any of it for a difference to be made.