One Republican presidential hopeful today:
Newt Gingrich said it is impossible to “fix” Afghanistan and suggested the U.S. should to tell Afghan citizens to “figure out how to live your own miserable life.”
Speaking at a Republican luncheon here on Monday, Mr. Gingrich amped up his criticism of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after a string of attacks by Afghan soldiers on American troops. ”We’re not going to fix Afghanistan,” the former House speaker said. “It’s not possible.”
His prescription:”What you have to do is say, ‘You know, you’re going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life… Because you clearly don’t want to learn from me how to be unmiserable.’”
So we can’t “fix” Afghanistan? What kind of message does that send to our troops fighting over there and the families of our fallen soldiers?
It sounds like Newt is wanting to cut and run. Wouldn’t this give a clear message to the terrorists that they have won?
Now do I believe these notions? Absolutley not. I am simply repeating the very same lines of attack that the Republicans used against anyone who questioned our involvement in Iraq or Afghanistan. This was the sickening way that the Republicans used war to divide our country and now they are sitting on the other side of the fence. Even worse is that it comes from a bunch of chickenhawks, who did anything possible to get out of putting on the uniform.
Yup – here you have today’s GOP.