Do you remember the outrage of democrats when then candidate Obama discussed shutting down our troop involvement in Iraq while maintaining a presence in Afghanistan? Yeah, it was kind of quiet, but it was there… Well, according to NBC News in an article just posted today [view article here], it appears those same democrats should be getting louder still. Can you hear them? Yeah, me neither…
According to the infographic on the Whitehouse.gov website [view it here], the Obama administration had projected (read “promised”) to have a total withdrawal of forces transitioning to local Afghan security forces by 2014. In case they remove it from the website, I’ve decided to post that pic here (below) for everyone to view in the future.
So, how do we go from “full transition” to an “open ended military commitment”? I dunno’… Maybe we need to ask the contractors that built the Whitehouse.gov website if they are the same guys that built the HHS ObamaCare website… At least if they are, we might assume that mistakes made on one site could easily happen on the other website.
Mr President, why was the war in Iraq so unacceptable, but the war (quagmire) in Afghanistan so acceptable as to keep our troops and money pouring in endlessly? Haven’t we done enough damage to al-Qaeda in that region that maybe they’ve moved?
Some of the same questions that should have gotten us out of Vietnam sooner apply here, Mr President… What is the mission? When is the mission complete? How are we measuring the steps to mission completeness and how are you reporting that to the American people? You know… All those same problems YOU had with the Bush administrations policies in Iraq… Now they apply to YOU.
What is the mission? Osama bin-Laden is dead… al-Qaeda does not seem to have a loud organized voice in the world today… The war on terrorism takes place in so many other countries today, why do we need a single large presence in Afghanistan?
Or, is the truth something more sinister, Mr President? Can you tell the American people with a straight face that the reason we are there today is NOT to keep a closer eye on Iran, China and Russia from a vantage point we’ve never really had until these last few years? Looking at a map, it seems a little too elementary for most Americans to miss, but I doubt many have given any thought, what with all the tail-wagging-the-dog politics you’ve managed these last 5 or 6 years…
Barack Obama, Mr President, “Leader of the Free World”, why, sir, do we need an unending presence in the form of combat troops in a nation that was destroyed years ago?
BRING OUR SOLDIERS, AIRMEN AND MARINES HOME, MR PRESIDENT!!!