He wants support from the United Nations, international aid organizations and America's partners and allies. One would hope that these partners and allies who expressed joy over Obama's election will now follow through and give him the help he asks for, because defeating the Taliban is also in their best interests. Conservatives are more likely to support President Obama on Afghanistan than liberals supported President Bush on Iraq, as long as victory over the Taliban remains his objective. And if the effort is successful, the credit should be shared with President Bush, just as equal credit is due to Democratic and Republicans presidents who fought the Cold War.
But even if the Taliban is defeated in Afghanistan, that defeat will not end their fanatical threats against Israel, America and Western Europe (which is why we're all in this battle together). The Taliban's hatred of Israel and the West is like an infection that is resistant to treatment. Just when you think you've neutralized it, it pops up again. Radical Islam in all its forms -- whether it is named Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, or one of a dozen other monikers -- has no intention of signing a surrender document with the West. That is because Islamic terrorists believe they get their instructions directly from Allah. Most would rather die than surrender or make peace with infidels.
President Obama, like President Bush before him, should hasten that objective. If President Obama continues on this path, he should have the full support of the American people. All of them.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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