Rush Limbaugh was worked into a lather on his show earlier today over the news that the Afghan government is saying that NATO officials have agreed to prosecutions for the military personnel responsible for the recent Koran-burning controversy. El Rushbo responds:
Two quick thoughts on this:
(1) In the past few years, there's been a lot of pent-up anxiety on the right over whether the war in Afghanistan is still worth the candle. Having Rush voice even qualified misgivings about our mission there is going to give a lot of conservatives the courage to head for the exits.
(2) Best I can tell, Rush's position is "we've bollixed this up so bad, there's not much point in staying anyway." Even if you think the conduct of the war over the past few years has been exemplary, however, the case for staying has only gotten weaker with time. At its origin, the Afghan War was the most just of just wars -- fought to avenge a direct attack on the homeland, to kill and capture those who perpetrated it, and to overthrow the regime that sheltered the perpetrators. With those goals long since accomplished, the legitimate national security concerns have now taken a backseat to nation building in a place that's not really a nation and stubbornly refuses to be built. It's not my first time saying it and it likely won't be my last ... but Rush is probably right.