One of the very few differences between Obama and Romney came out in the debate between the Vice Presidents. Biden said:
“But we are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period. And in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion. We’ve been in this war for over a decade. The primary objective is almost completed. Now, all we’re doing is putting the Kabul government in a position to be able to maintain their own security. It’s their responsibility, not America’s.”
Romney had called this irresponsible. He opposed a public withdrawal time table. I suspect that he lost some votes on that one.
But it was all a lie. The Obama Administration had no intention of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. A decade was not enough. The Kabul government was never expected to provide their own security. We must make our “presence” felt over there forever.
Of course, as with all Obama’s lies, there is a good deal of spin. “That presence would be very limited in scope … (and) focused on counterterrorism operations and training of Afghan forces.” But training Afghan forces is precisely one of the most dangerous things an American soldier can do. They are being constantly gunned down by the people, our “friends,” who they are supposedly training.
The plan is to keep ten thousand troops in that country after the “drawdown” in 2014. The negotiations started a week after the election. Obviously, Obama waited so that there wouldn’t be too much evidence that he was lying during the campaign.
But that “ten thousand” number may be just a wedge suggestion before the real truth comes out. The Afghani “government” (i.e. the Opium trafficking, child-raping corruptocrats we set up on the backs of the American tax-paying public) is negotiating and the results could be much worse:
“The U.S. has stressed that it is not seeking permanent bases in Afghanistan. It is also considered likely to shy away from a security guarantee, which would require it to come to the nation’s assistance against aggressors. That, however, is seen as one of the targets of Afghan negotiators. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is said to be willing to accept a U.S. troop presence post-2014 as long as his key demands are met. According to the Journal, his main request is that American forces come under the jurisdiction of Afghan courts. However, the paper said, some defense analysts outside of the U.S. government believe that the training and counterterrorism mission would require a much larger U.S. presence — perhaps as many as 30,000 troops.”
But even without giving an insane security guarantee, or allowing US soldiers to be accountable to Afghan courts, or increasing the troop numbers, ten thousand is far too many American lives to risk. In fact, even one is too many.
Afghanistan is a stupid war. Yes, it made sense to strike back at the Taliban after 9-11, but we have done that already. The only reason it doesn’t look like we “won” in Afghanistan is because our leaders decided that it was not enough simply to punish the evil doers, we had to somehow build a new nation there and “defeat terrorism”—an unreachable goal.
2014 is a year and six weeks away. It can’t come soon enough. Bring the boys back home! Obama should be pushing up the date into 2013, not negotiating to keep more soldiers in harm’s way forever.