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A ‘Monumental Mistake’? Obama Details Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

"Does the president seek to replicate his mistakes in Iraq where he abandoned the region to chaos?" asks one chairman.

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May 27, 2014 - 7:13 pm
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WASHINGTON — National security hawks in Congress quickly slammed President Obama’s Rose Garden announcement detailing the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan as a “monumental mistake” put into action to score political points.

Obama said the U.S. objectives requiring a residual force beyond the year-end withdrawal will be “disrupting threats posed by al-Qaeda, supporting Afghan security forces, and giving the Afghan people the opportunity to succeed as they stand on their own.”

“First, America’s combat mission will be over by the end of this year. Starting next year, Afghans will be fully responsible for securing their country. American personnel will be in an advisory role. We will no longer patrol Afghan cities or towns, mountains or valleys. That is a task for the Afghan people,” the president said. “Second, I’ve made it clear that we’re open to cooperating with Afghans on two narrow missions after 2014: training Afghan forces and supporting counterterrorism operations against the remnants of al-Qaeda.”

At the beginning of 2015, the administration plans to have about 9,800 service members across the country, with half that by the end of the year consolidated in Kabul and at the Bagram air base. At the end of 2016 that will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul, similar to the contingent with a security team in Baghdad.

“We will only sustain this military presence after 2014 if the Afghan government signs the Bilateral Security Agreement that our two governments have already negotiated,” Obama added. Both of the candidates in the presidential runoff to succeed Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have indicated support for the BSA.

“The bottom line is, it’s time to turn the page on more than a decade in which so much of our foreign policy was focused on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he continued. “When I took office, we had nearly 180,000 troops in harm’s way. By the end of this year, we will have less than 10,000. In addition to bringing our troops home, this new chapter in American foreign policy will allow us to redirect some of the resources saved by ending these wars to respond more nimbly to the changing threat of terrorism, while addressing a broader set of priorities around the globe.”

“…We can not only responsibly end our war in Afghanistan and achieve the objectives that took us to war in the first place, we’ll also be able to begin a new chapter in the story of American leadership around the world.”

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) begged to differ with that in their joint statement.

“The president’s decision to set an arbitrary date for the full withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is a monumental mistake and a triumph of politics over strategy. This is a short-sighted decision that will make it harder to end the war in Afghanistan responsibly,” the trio said. “The president came into office wanting to end the wars he inherited. But wars do not end just because politicians say so. The president appears to have learned nothing from the damage done by his previous withdrawal announcements in Afghanistan and his disastrous decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq.”

The announcement will not only embolden enemies, the senators warned, but “will fuel the growing perception worldwide that America is unreliable, distracted, and unwilling to lead.”

“The alternative was not war without end. It was a limited assistance mission to help the Afghan Security Forces preserve momentum on the battlefield and create conditions for a negotiated end to the conflict. The achievement of this goal, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, should be determined by conditions on the ground, not by the President’s concern for his legacy,” Ayotte, Graham and McCain said.

“All wars end. The question is how they end. The war in Iraq has ended in tragedy. And it is difficult to see how we can succeed in Afghanistan when the President tells our enemies that our troops will leave by a date certain whether they have achieved our goals or not.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Obama’s decision as one that “will help ensure that al-Qaeda cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan.” Secretary of State John Kerry said that “with President Obama’s announcement today of what America’s presence will look like in Afghanistan after combat operations end in 2014, our nation’s longest war is coming to a responsible end.”

“Routing out al-Qaeda’s core leadership has been our most important mission in Afghanistan, and because of our focused and targeted efforts, we have significantly degraded the terrorist group’s capabilities there,” Kerry added.

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Human sacrifice 21st Century American style.

The witless "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their witless Generals are now very much like the Aztec High Priests of many centuries ago. The main difference, and it's a relatively small one, is that instead of continually sacrificing what they regarded as their excess and disposable human property to the Sun God to try to gain benevolence and avoid wrath, they keep trying to sacrifice America's Constitution and Western Civilization, and do sacrifice more and more of the lives and limbs of America’s troops, whom they regard as their excess and disposable human property, as well as hundreds of billions of dollars of America's rapidly shrinking treasure, which although itself is of much lesser importance is still no small matter, to the gods they reverently call "The Prophet Mohammad", "The Holy Qur'an" and "The Noble People Of Afghanistan and their Noble Muslim Culture" to try to gain benevolence and avoid wrath, and maybe even get an extra TV appearance for the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and an extra star and another few assorted colorful baubles for which to adorn themselves for their generals.

Is our military fighting for anything most Americans would regard as at all decent in Afghanistan? Certainly not our Army, nor our Marines. The "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals have repeatedly ordered them to respect the gods they call "The Prophet Mohammad", "The Holy Qur'an" and "The Noble People Of Afghanistan and their Noble Muslim Culture" and if American troops get shot to death by what the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals call their Partners in Peace, then the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and Generals conclude that America's derelict and sacrilegious troops must not have respected the gods they call "The Prophet Mohammad", "The Holy Qur'an" and "The Noble People Of Afghanistan and their Noble Muslim Culture" nearly enough and order them to take still more religious and cultural “sensitivity” training so they can better respect the Noble Muslim Culture of the Noble People of Afghanistan, maybe even enough where they can start joining in the practicing of that Noble Muslim Culture themselves, which would no doubt delight the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals to no end.

There of course is never any "sensitivity" training ever even recommended for what the "Islamic Nation Builders" and their Generals call "The Noble People Of Afghanistan" so they might better understand and appreciate Western and American culture, the great superiority of which should be self-evident. But then as the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals clearly must regard the Noble Muslim Culture of the Noble People of Afghanistan as being far superior to Western and American culture, they would surely regard any such thing as, well, absolutely unthinkable, and blasphemous, and upon hearing any such suggestion would no doubt order even more "sensitivity" training.

* Mainstream Noble People of Afghanistan Muslim Culture includes child rape of both young girls and young boys, torturing dogs including puppies, total enslavement of women, stoning women to death for being raped, and death to apostates, which itself covers a whole lot, just to very briefly mention a few of the highlights.


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Thank goodness the smartest man to ever hold the position of resident of the white house has the foresight to explain to our enemies just how and when we plan on leaving. Well, the chief clown said his administration would be the most transparent ever in the history of the country. I didn't realize he meant transparent to those who wish us dead.
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The Forever War people will never get it: we are broke.

We are not withdrawing for political reasons, WE ARE BROKE. We are Spain. Our out of control, parasitical, leeching, clueless and incompetent military, has plundered the Treasury, so WE ARE BROKE.

So, look for more "Withdrawals" to happen. There are bases in Europe...goodbye!

Perhaps we can take this opportunity, to shake off our own military oppressors, and return this country to something resembling what the Founding Fathers wanted.

In any event, the government has no choice, WE ARE BROKE.
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Two fundamental errors underlie Bush and Obama's policies in Afghanistan. The first error is to view the enemy as a particular organization located in a particular place. The second error is the notion that America can transform Afghanistan into a nation that would be inhospitable to this enemy organization.

Obama has doubled down on the errors of the Bush administration and at the same time ensured that the effort will fail by announcing a withdrawal date.

Our enemies are those who seek to impose sharia on us, especially those who adopt the tactic of violent jihad but also those who employ other tactics.
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o could be the star in a new Dumb & Dumber movie.
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Bright as a bag of hammers. Why not just give the taliban ALL of our intelligence secrets?
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"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Obama’s decision as one that “will help ensure that al-Qaeda cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan.” Secretary of State John Kerry said that “with President Obama’s announcement today of what America’s presence will look like in Afghanistan after combat operations end in 2014, our nation’s longest war is coming to a responsible end.”

“Routing out al-Qaeda’s core leadership has been our most important mission in Afghanistan, and because of our focused and targeted efforts, we have significantly degraded the terrorist group’s capabilities there,” Kerry added."
These assertions seem to me to be dangerously and irresponsibly contrary to the facts on the ground as I understand them. The US has backed off and the jihadis of all stripes, not just al Qaeda have gotten stronger. Unsurprising. But the Bush, McCain solution only worked partially at great cost in lives and treasure. We have to find a way to do better. Right now it appears we are doing much worse.
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"Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) begged to differ with that in their joint statement."

Juan McCain is insane and Miss Gramnesty, like a parrot, just repeats whatever Insane McCain says. And Kelly Ayotte has apparently become another Insane McCain parrot as she has no brain to call her own.

BTW, I think the Egyptians would still like to put both of them on trial for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. And their supporting the Sharia loving and Christian torturing, raping and murdering side in Syria should result in them being tried as war criminals.
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Human sacrifice 21st Century American style.

The witless "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their witless Generals are now very much like the Aztec High Priests of many centuries ago. The main difference, and it's a relatively small one, is that instead of continually sacrificing what they regarded as their excess and disposable human property to the Sun God to try to gain benevolence and avoid wrath, they keep trying to sacrifice America's Constitution and Western Civilization, and do sacrifice more and more of the lives and limbs of America’s troops, whom they regard as their excess and disposable human property, as well as hundreds of billions of dollars of America's rapidly shrinking treasure, which although itself is of much lesser importance is still no small matter, to the gods they reverently call "The Prophet Mohammad", "The Holy Qur'an" and "The Noble People Of Afghanistan and their Noble Muslim Culture" to try to gain benevolence and avoid wrath, and maybe even get an extra TV appearance for the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and an extra star and another few assorted colorful baubles for which to adorn themselves for their generals.

Is our military fighting for anything most Americans would regard as at all decent in Afghanistan? Certainly not our Army, nor our Marines. The "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals have repeatedly ordered them to respect the gods they call "The Prophet Mohammad", "The Holy Qur'an" and "The Noble People Of Afghanistan and their Noble Muslim Culture" and if American troops get shot to death by what the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals call their Partners in Peace, then the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and Generals conclude that America's derelict and sacrilegious troops must not have respected the gods they call "The Prophet Mohammad", "The Holy Qur'an" and "The Noble People Of Afghanistan and their Noble Muslim Culture" nearly enough and order them to take still more religious and cultural “sensitivity” training so they can better respect the Noble Muslim Culture of the Noble People of Afghanistan, maybe even enough where they can start joining in the practicing of that Noble Muslim Culture themselves, which would no doubt delight the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals to no end.

There of course is never any "sensitivity" training ever even recommended for what the "Islamic Nation Builders" and their Generals call "The Noble People Of Afghanistan" so they might better understand and appreciate Western and American culture, the great superiority of which should be self-evident. But then as the "Mohammedan Nation Builders" and their Generals clearly must regard the Noble Muslim Culture of the Noble People of Afghanistan as being far superior to Western and American culture, they would surely regard any such thing as, well, absolutely unthinkable, and blasphemous, and upon hearing any such suggestion would no doubt order even more "sensitivity" training.

* Mainstream Noble People of Afghanistan Muslim Culture includes child rape of both young girls and young boys, torturing dogs including puppies, total enslavement of women, stoning women to death for being raped, and death to apostates, which itself covers a whole lot, just to very briefly mention a few of the highlights.


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The almost 13 years in Afcrapistan, with America's troops being used as Lab Rats in a Mad Hatter's Sociology COIN "see no Islam, hear no Islam, speak no Islam, know no Islam" experiment from Hell has gone on way more than long enough already. There is nothing to be gained in Afcrapistan to even come anywhere close to being worth the price. The insanity in Afcrapistan makes ObamaCare and the VA look like genius by contrast.
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Insert "Mission Accomplished" snark.

They told him to leave, so suddenly, he has to act like this is his idea. FWIW, there's still troops there, and I'm sure with even lamer, more impotent rules of engagement, so we can count on significant casualties, probably even fratricide from our "Afghan Partners".
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