Are you sure you want to delete this post?
On TV someone said that Obama increased the troops etc. in Afghanistan just to make sure things would not get out of hand there during his last year in office, so his "record" would not be tarnished.
Yes absolutely correct that is how it works in this country; who cares about the cost etc. or human life's ; just to save face.
This doesn't really have much of anything to do with what Russia is doing in Syria. I agree with you when it comes to Afghanistan and want to get out of that quagmire as soon as possible, but let's not conflate the two wars.
With regards to Russian involvement in Syria--I think it is becoming abundantly clear that Russia has no game plan there and that is exactly what I thought from the start of their involvement in the war. I again suggest that Putin is acting not out of a position of strength, but out of weakness. Putin's economy is crumbling beneath his feet and there's no better way to "rally your troops" than get involved in a new war. It might be smart in the short term, but it will prove to be catastrophic for the Russians in the long term.
Putin is about to find out that he will need hundreds of thousands of Russian troops to actually achieve the objective he has set out. Russia doesn't have enough soldiers to occupy a country the size of Syria and Putin knows it. So Putin has basically put himself between a rock and a hard place. And as my initial posting in this thread said--we should get out of the way and let him do it.
President Obama already figured that out and that's why he made the wise decision to not commit American lives and treasure to fight another war that no amount of American might can win. Republicans accused the President of being weak, but ask yourself if they would be singing the same tune if President Obama called for a draft to send American citizens to fight in the Syrian civil war. Republicans can call the President weak all they want, but I'm sure they will change their tune if we instituted a draft that would force their sons and daughters to go fight in a war we all know America can't win.