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Obama To Announce Afghan Troop Reduction

From a joyous Los Angeles Times:

Obama expected to announce major Afghan troop reduction

David S. Cloud and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2011

Washington — President Obama plans to announce a troop reduction in Afghanistan that Pentagon and other administration officials say is expected to bring home about 10,000 personnel by the end of the year.

In a speech to be delivered Wednesday, the president is expected to declare that successes in disrupting Al Qaeda’s ability to stage attacks against the United States allow him to begin reducing troop levels, said the officials, who cautioned that Obama was still "finalizing" his decision.

Well, if Mr. Obama takes as long to decide to withdraw the troops as he did to put them in, this could stretch out for months. Still, this news will be Christmas Ramadan in June for Al Qaeda and the Taliban – and the rest of the enemies of the America.

In 2009 the president coupled his decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan with a pledge to begin removing some of those forces this summer.

Thereby telling the terrorists exactly how long they had to hang on.

U.S. officials and outside experts familiar with recent deliberations said Obama was leaning toward withdrawing all the additional troops by the end of 2012 or early 2013.

That is, until after the November 2012 elections are safely over.

That would leave close to 70,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Withdrawing 10,000 or so troops this year represents a steeper drawdown than Gen. David H. Petraeus and senior Pentagon officials preferred. The Pentagon had been hoping to limit the initial withdrawal to 3,000 to 4,000.

Mr. Obama’s ‘gutsy call’ to go after Osama Bin Laden with Navy SEALs instead of a drone has proved once and for all that he is a far better judge of military strategy than any of his lowly advisors.

But the killing of Osama bin Laden last month in Pakistan, budget pressures and the urging of some White House aides to make faster reductions have pushed Obama toward a steeper reduction, said officials familiar with the internal debate…

Yes, it’s those darned White House aides who are forcing Mr. Obama to surrender faster than he wants to. The interns are probably the most adamant.

Obama is planning to give leeway to military commanders about the pacing of the withdrawals and the types of forces to be pulled out, officials said.

How gracious of him.

But his strategy is unlikely to satisfy some critics — liberal Democrats as well as conservative Republicans — who have called for a quicker exit from Afghanistan…

You see. There is now bi-partisan support for capitulating to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. (And exactly who are these "conservative Republicans"? And don’t tell us Ron Paul.)

The schedule would leave a relatively large U.S. military footprint in place until after next November’s presidential election, an important consideration for Obama, who promised in his initial run for the presidency to win the war in Afghanistan

Isn’t it funny how many things are only scheduled to last up until that date? It’s almost as if Obama’s re-election is the only thing that really matters to him.

Still, you have to wonder why anyone is concerned about breaking this particular campaign promise. It’s not as if Mr. Obama has followed through on any of his other ones.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama To Announce Afghan Troop Reduction”

  1. Astravogel says:

    If Planetary War Two had been run
    the way Afghanistan has, we’d still
    be back on the beaches in England,
    and building coastal fortifications on
    Midway today.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I tell you…..it certainly must be reassuring to the boots on the ground that their Commander and Thief coddles our enemy by posting their troop strength after the reduction. Why stop there? Give them our troop movement and upcoming ops while you’re at it.
    God, protect our Warriors. Our elected leader (?) won’t!

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