Laura Bush not only welcomed American Bushian meddling in Afghanistan, she continues to welcome its persistent military drain. In fact, she believes our military commitment should continue indefinitely in that part of the world.
Fifteen years after President George W. Bush first sent American forces into Afghanistan, his wife considers the job unfinished. “I hope we won’t leave,” former First Lady Laura Bush said on Monday.
She cited the conversations she’s had with Afghan women, who worry about what follows the exit of U.S. forces. “They hope that our troops won’t leave too fast,” she said, “because if we leave there’s a vacuum. And they saw what happened in Iraq, where it just wasn’t successful for us to leave.” And she applauded the progress that Afghan women had made over the past decade and a half. “That’s one of the reasons I hope we won’t withdraw our troops—because we would have to start all over again,” she said.
After the American invasion, championing the rights of Afghan women became one of her signature issues. “When American women started looking at our sisters in Afghanistan and imagining what their lives were like,” she said, they were moved to help. Bush co-founded the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, on which she still serves as an honorary co-chair alongside Hillary Clinton.
“The fact is that in countries like that where women’s rights are … marginalized,” she said, “These are countries where no one’s rights are protected.” She explained that American women had responded strongly to learning of “half of a country left out.” When that happens, she said, “what you see … is a failed country, and that’s what Afghanistan was.”
Mission creep is the Bush Way, no matter how we slice it.
For Laura Bush, resource-devouring, self-perpetuating commitment to futile American military presence in foreign lands is not a tactical “choice” of purely military ramifications and goals; it’s about maintaining something of more pressing needs, and deserving of the lives of American soldiers. It’s about American military force wielded as a national tool whose goal is to ensure the happiness and comfort of women in hostile cultures that are innately averse to treating women as anything more than procreative livestock. IE: cultures in which First Ladies wouldn’t be granted the public pulpit for such blather.
Only in America, in Bush’s nauseating, everlasting legacy of quagmire and entrenchment, could Laura Bush think to justify the prolonged foreign American intervention that her husband has inflicted on the American people for her own personal celebration of gender equality (in lands that won’t have it).