Obama Doctrine for Failure

The Taliban celebrate after castrating and dragging Afghanistan President Mohammad Najibullah behind a truck through Kabul before hanging him and his brother in 1992. (Photo/Associated Press)

Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan is a danger to women, American national security, and global stability.

Barack Obama is gambling with your safety.

“I directed Leon Panetta,” Obama said, referring in May to the former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense when announcing how he succeeded with his command to kill, “to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda.”

In a statement to CIA employees that same day, Panetta said, “Though bin Laden is dead, al Qaeda is not.  The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him.”

It’s clear to CIA employees: Barack Obama’s “war against al Qaeda” is much more limited in scope than the larger war waged by a wide variety of Islamic jihadist terrorists against the United States.

In July, Obama revealed more details about national security to those same Islamic jihadist terrorists, when he announced the exact date of the American military’s departure from Afghanistan along with a refocus on al Qaeda and reversing the Taliban’s momentum.

Although Panetta – a long-time Washington insider who was largely responsible for President Bill Clinton’s reelection as his White House chief of staff – continues to fulfill his duty by focusing media attention on the former, modern history suggests the Taliban are wise to Barack Obama’s misguided effort with latter.

Obama Repeating Failure

Ten years after invading Afghanistan in 1979, the Soviet Union withdrew its military under relentless pressure by Islamic jihadist rebels that went on to form al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other Islamic jihadist terrorists seeking to avenge bin Laden’s death in their war against the United States and its way of life.

After the Soviet military withdrawal, the people of Afghanistan were left vulnerable to the Taliban and other terrorist forces that remained heavily armed. The people had nothing to protect them other than a new constitution they adopted three years before the Soviet withdrawal along with a multi-party political system, an independent judiciary, and a president widely suspected of corruption.

But Afghanistan’s brief experiment in democracy came to a sudden end.

On September 27, 1996, a few after the Soviet military withdrew, the president of Afghanistan was abducted by Taliban forces. After castrating the president and breaking his fingers, the Taliban dragged him from behind a truck until they hanged him in Kabul. The political vacuum in Afghanistan allowed the Taliban to seize power.

Five years afterward, Islamic jihadist terrorists who received safe haven under the Taliban killed thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001.

Now, ten years after the invasion of Afghanistan that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, Barack Obama has announced that America is willing to risk another vacuum in the country.

“A vacuum in Afghanistan threatens the entire region,” says The Economist, explaining how Barack Obama’s political gamble contains more risk than he wants American voters to believe in his reelection campaign. “Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, an incendiary couple, risk a proxy war through the different ethnic groups they sponsor in the country. Iran, China and Russia could all be sucked in. And a lawless Afghanistan could again become al-Qaeda’s base.”

Continuity in Tradition

Instead of continuing with change that broadcasts military plans with which enemies against America and its allies have a proven ability to wait out, #Grey2012 recommends continuing with a tradition of American secrecy in warfare to preserve, protect, and defend our national security. It would help guarantee that the combined risks of terrorism, tyranny, and technology will be discouraged in every nation, thus pursuing a doctrine in foreign policy most likely to effect safety & happiness for ourselves and our posterity.


Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. Singh, After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President on Osama Bin Laden,” The White House, May 2, 2011.

Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President on the Way Forward in Afghanistan,” The White House, June 22, 2011.

Ahmed Rashid, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002).