Meanwhile, Specialist Joseph Johnson, 24, and Private First Class Gunnar Hotchkin, 31, died June 16 in North Kunduz, Afghanistan, said the Defense Dept. today. That's reality. Johnson and Hotchkin were part of the inaptly named "Operation Enduring Freedom." A better moniker: "Operation Ever-Enduring Quagmire."
Does anybody believe that the Taliban will be under control by next July? It always was a phony timetable set to calm critics.
BP does provide a lively story for the media as the summer doldrums begin. The tabloid outrage over the weekend about CEO Tony Hayward attending the yacht race was pure gold. BP should put Hayward under lock and key. Or better still, the old heave-ho. Fox News and the rest of the gang had so much fun with Tony, they deftly segued into demanding that Obama give up golf and the Chicago White Sox while BP oil gushes.
Even Obama's media buddies are beginning to hammer him on BP. Staunch Obama ally and New York Times columnist Frank Rich yesterday urged Obama to throw Interior Secretary Ken Salazar overboard for failing to fire the Bush administration hacks occupying the Minerals Management Service.
The story about Afghanistan, an even bigger front line for the U.S, ran on A-4. It dealt with "Working to Help a Haven for Afghan Women Blossom." With all due respect to CARE and the U.S. Agency for International Development, funders of the Kabul Womenís Garden, itís up to the Afghans to decide on whether they want to enter the 21st Century.
Obama may have "inherited" Afghanistan. That doesn't absolves him from making the tough decision on Afghanistan. "Staying the course," or a stretched out withdrawal are not the ways to go. Afghanistan is a loser for the U.S.