Former U.S. senator Sam Nunn is wondering whether pinpoint strikes like the one that took out Osama bin Laden could become an alternative to the use of massive U.S. military resources to occupy whole countries.
“I think this is the wave of the future,” Nunn said in an interview Tuesday in Columbus after the annual shareholder meeting at TSYS, of which he is an emeritus director on the firm’s board. “We’ve seen the downside of occupation in Iraq and continuing in Afghanistan. This is the kind of skills that we have and the kind that we can execute with great pride.”
…..The former senator stopped short of saying U.S. troops should exit Iraq and Afghanistan as quickly as possible. They’ve been there since shortly after the 2001 attacks.
“But occupying another country is a different mission than what America is historically accustomed to, and I think it’s extremely difficult when the cultures are totally different,” he said. “It’s enormously expensive. It’s expensive most of all in lives and in casualties, and it’s expensive in funds.”
The former Georgia senator also offered this thought we haven’t heard elsewhere:
Nunn said the demise of Bin Laden also was a welcome development simply because it allays the worst fear held by himself and others, including the intelligence community.
“That would be that one of these days Bin Laden would die and we would never know it,” he said. “And he would go on as almost immortal in the minds of the extremists. So this is a big thing.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider