Thursday, June 23, 2011

Afghanistan troop withdrawals: No hope, little change

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Last night’s speech by Pres. Obama on Afghanistan was the latest disappointment from the Hope and Change President. Personally, I was hoping for a quicker withdrawal from Satan’s Catbox, er, I should say Afghanistan. By quicker, I mean “They’ll all be home by Christmas, bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda has been marginalized, and hallelujah, we won.”  Instead, we’re bringing home a measly 10,000 troops by the end of the year (how about by the end of the month, Mr. Prez? Surely they can pack up and get on a plane in that amount of time). The other 23,000 troops who are still there as part of Petraeus’ “surge” will return by the end of next summer, which will leave us with around 68,000 troops and 100,000 military contract workers.  So much for a real change in Afghanistan. As Rachel Maddow pointed out last night, Obama’s so-called withdrawal will leave twice as many troops in the Catbox as there were before he took office. On top of that, he plans to leave 25,000 U.S. troops, pretty much permanently, it seems, even after we have officially “withdrawn.”

In other words, we will be spending around $2 billion per week in that hellhole for years, while our economy and infrastructure at home circle the drain. The only word that comes to mind right now to describe Obama’s “plan” is the overused term “insane” — but what else is there to say?

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