17 July 2010
Per the AP and Fox News: 'Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to South Asia on a mission aimed at refining the goals of the nearly 9-year-old conflict in Afghanistan as fears mount about the war.' We have consistently failed to establish a clearly stated mission in Afghanistan, adapting tactics to the situation as necessary, and we have yet to properly and fully source any of the stated missions to date. Instead, we keep redefining the mission, accomplishing little in the way of long-term success as a result. These are failures of both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and must be rectified if we are to achieve success. This is not to advocate that we blindly stick with a mission that we're unable to accomplish, or for which there is no political and public will, but we must find a mission that we can and will support. Otherwise, there is little point to being there.