Even as the White House again delays its decision on Afghanistan, new evidence reveals its preferred option is a dangerous fantasy. Hopefully, the facts will seep into the war room and prevent a disastrous mistake.
For weeks, Vice President Joe Biden has been pushing to have U.S. forces take their eye off the Taliban and focus exclusively on Al Qaeda. One report had Biden claiming the Taliban is merely an "indigenous" group that does not seek power outside Afghanistan and, therefore, is no threat to America.
Right. And the 9/11 attacks were planned on the moon.
Biden's fact-free scenario smacks of a politically convenient dodge for President Obama. Faced with a request from his handpicked commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, to add up to 40,000 more combat troops, Obama is in a squeeze with his left-wing, anti-war base.
Although he called Afghanistan a "war of necessity," Obama apparently didn't count on a protracted struggle. So as push comes to shove, he is looking for an easier, more popular option.
Presto. Biden offers the best of all worlds.
Michael Goodwin is a New York Post columnist and Fox News contributor. To continue reading his complete column, click here.