Ken Blackwell

“Cost of indecision about Afghanistan is mounting.” That’s not a headline on It’s the title of a column by the dean of liberal Washington pundits, David Broder.Even David Broder is concerned about President Obama’s failure to decide on a proper course of action in the war the President himself called “a war of necessity.”

Broder points to the drawn-out indecision as making the war on the ground more dangerous. He believes that the American people and, most significantly, America’s allies, are being demoralized by what the White House calls a process.

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Our NATO allies joined us in Afghanistan because the U.S. had been attacked by Al Qaeda. It was an acid test of the NATO alliance: For the first time since 1949, NATO went to war. Can we afford this extended failure to act?

What will become of NATO, the most successful example of Democratic Party leadership? Let’s not forget, it was Harry Truman and his party that put NATO together. Ohio’s “Mr. Republican,” Sen. Bob Taft, wanted no part of NATO. That’s why Ike challenged Taft and beat him for the 1952 Republican Presidential nomination.

All of that is now at risk. Well, liberal Obama supporters say, Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai is corrupt. Right. And have you heard that Churchill drank too much? That’s what opponents of a forceful U.S. policy in World War II said in defending their indecision. The Karzai regime is guilty of human rights abuses, liberals say. I wonder how long the allies considered Joe Stalin’s crimes before pledging aid to “the Russian people.”

After Hitler’s unprovoked attack on the USSR on June 22, 1941, Churchill responded with speed. “If Hitler invaded hell,” said the Prime Minister, who had been a lifelong anti-communist, “I would at least make favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.”

Al Qaeda did not invade hell; they invaded our homeland. We had the full support of NATO in going after them where they lived—Afghanistan. Even the French rushed to our side in pressing that war.

This is the war that candidate Obama accused George Bush of neglecting. He charged Bush “took his eye off the ball” to pursue the destruction of Saddam Hussein. Well?

Now, Obama seems not able even to find the ball. We should not be surprised. In early 2008, candidate Obama produced a 52-second YouTube video to send to the “Peace Caucus” attendees in Iowa.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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