Thursday, July 8, 2010

Assemblyman Chris Norby on War in Afghanistan

An editorial in the Orange County Register yesterday referenced some comments Assemblyman Chris Norby wrote on claims it is "Your best source for antiwar news, viewpoints, and activities.

In his comments, titled "Steele Speaks the Truth," Norby's comments included;

"If he [Obama] is such a student of history, has he not understood the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? Everyone who has tried over a thousand years has failed, and there are reasons for that.” In restating this obvious historical fact, Republican Chairman Michael Steele has roused a chorus of neocon critics calling for his resignation.

Instead, they should heed the words of Douglas MacArthur, who warned another young president – John F. Kennedy – in 1961: “Anyone wanting to commit American ground forces to the mainland of Asia should have his head examined.”

Those who take issue with Steele should state why he – and MacArthur – are wrong. And we Republicans who believe they should be heeded should speak up. I am one of them. There are others who question an open-ended commitment of blood and treasure to prop up Hamid Karzai and his illusory government."