The left hates the Iraq war. Too costly in casualties and money, but yet, strangely, they seem silent on the buildup in Afghanistan.
The unfolding saga in Afghanistan from pumping American troops and American dollars into a national force looks a lot like Iraq without the shock and awe invasion.
I'm constantly amazed that the Obama campaign and now the administration is able to pull off the idea that Iraq was wrong but the same costs in Afghanistan are right and the same costs in Iran would be wrong. In the case of both Iraq and Iran there was or is the potential for biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons in the hands of extremists. Afghanistan has extremists but is so poor the idea of wmd is unheard of.
In the same vein, I'm wondering what the administration will do if the Pakistani government should collapse (lots of extremists lots of known bad weapons). Will Obama authorize the use of troops to invade Pakistan and protect known nuclear sites? If troops are used will they be allowed to engage as combat soldiers with appropriate equipment or be handed another Somalia style scenario?