I hear it coming up in the Presidential campaign with insistence and regularity: We’re getting out of Afghanistan in 2014. Right? Yeah, it takes a long time to get all those troops and all that equipment out… 2014 is really pretty quick.
Put your fingers away… the count is to 2024. The cost in money, military death and injury, Taliban conspiracies against American cities and people, and so many other things is more than poor indebted bozos like us can sustain.
The draft of the pact has been signed at the diplomatic level and will now be sent to Mr. Karzai and to the Afghan Parliament for review and approval, and also to President Obama and the White House. It will become final when signed by both presidents… and don’t even begin to think it won’t be signed.
Look, put the moral and ethical concerns aside… ignore what the majority of Americans think about our involvement in the longest war we have EVER been involved in… WTF are we going to pay for this with?
Costs totaling $2.7 billion a year have been discussed, but it would likely be more. Add in aid for civilian programs , too.
The powers that be will say that this is a reduction from the amount the United States now spends here (about $120 billion a year), and we should all feel the financial relief that brings. We just have to bring in a few bucks compared to what we have spent already (and still owe.) So where will we get it?
Money from the Rich? Doubt it. How much do you want to bet this will make them more rich (richer?)? Money from the rest of us? You betcha!
Let me be very clear about my political view here. I am a liberal and a Democrat, but this disgusting cesspool of foreign policy can be laid just as easily at the feet of Republicans and to those of President Obama. Neither side is putting America ahead of our military-economic suckfest.
Makes you wonder who you can vote for that will make any difference. It’s a good thing it is not the only issue being considered this year.
But it is an unabating one.
“America cannot afford an endless war in Afghanistan. After nearly a decade at war, with still no equal commitment from the Karzai government, and after all the lives we’ve sacrificed and the billions we’ve spent on this war, it’s time to start bringing our troops home. It’s time to put the future and security of Afghanistan in the hands of its own leaders, and focus America’s national security on the emerging and more imminent threats from al Qaeda in other regions.”
– Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on calling for passage of the Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act
I think we should add some kind of statement that, Al Qaeda or not, we don’t get into another national civil war of any kind.
- NATO Looking To Consolidate Gains In Afghanistan (epiloguepress.wordpress.com)
- Mixed Signals About Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan (lezgetreal.com)
- Afghan president warns Obama about civilian deaths (msnbc.msn.com)
- No News Is Good News In Afghanistan (usnews.com)
- Letter: The War in Afghanistan (nytimes.com)
- Al Qaeda Left Afghanistan, So Why Hasn’t NATO? (anthonylaurence.wordpress.com)
- Blockbuster Report Blasts AfPak Strategy (thedailybeast.com)
Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan today where he spoke with troops and announced that another 30,000 troops will be coming into the war zone. Add this to the 100,000 troops that are there already and the corrupt Afghan government (made even clearer by the Wikileaks revelations) and we see additions being made to a war that is not going well.
Obama didn’t visit with President Karzai… the claim was bad weather which, according to reporters on Dylan Ratigan this afternoon, is not true… it was a lovely weather day in Kabul. After the Wikileaks came out last week we discovered that Karzai was most likely crazy as well as being corrupt… and we know he stole the last election. He is just as likely to make a deal with the Taliban as he is to help the President.
Al Qaeda must be thrilled by all of this, since their intention is to make Afghanistan cost us more and more while making us weaker in the Middle East (they call this strategy “Death by a Thousand Cuts” and we are certainly bleeding.) Aren’t we going to face facts and get out? Doesn’t look like it.
- Obama in Afghanistan to visit troops – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- You: Obama in Afghanistan to visit troops (washingtonpost.com)
- Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan – CNN International (news.google.com)
- Barack Obama fails to meet President Karzai in Kabul (telegraph.co.uk)
- Obama thanks troops in surprise Afghan visit (cbc.ca)
- Obama Drops by Afghanistan (waronterrornews.typepad.com)