Barack Obama is set to reject the advice of the Pentagon by announcing on Wednesday night the withdrawal of up to 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by November next year, in time for the US presidential election.Remember that during the Presidential Campaign of 2008, Obama said repeatedly that we "took our eye off Afghanistan" and focused instead on Iraq (CNSNews).
The move comes despite warnings from his military commanders that recent security gains are fragile. They have been urging him to keep troop numbers high until 2013.
The accelerated draw down will dismay American and British commanders in Kabul, who have privately expressed concern that the White House is now being driven by political rather than military imperatives.
"This is not something we feel entirely comfortable with," a Whitehall official told the Guardian.
“We took our eye off Afghanistan. We took our eye off the folks who perpetrated 9/11. [W]e are having enormous problems in Afghanistan because of that decision [to invade Iraq],”Rhetoric and reality have always been two conflicting entities in the Obama Regime. He was unwilling to send then-General McChrystal all the troops he requested. Now, Obama is unwilling to win a war he said needed to be won, and is willing to negotiate with the Taliban and give Afghanistan back to the same people who harbored al-Queda.
“We allowed the Taliban and Al Qaeda to regenerate itself when we had them on the ropes. That was a big mistake, and it’s one I’m going to correct when I’m president.”
“(Afghanistan) has to be our central focus, the central front, on our battle against terrorism.”
“Our troops and our NATO allies are performing heroically in Afghanistan, but I have argued for years that we lack the resources to finish the job because of our commitment to Iraq. And that’s why, as president, I will make the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban (Taleeban) the top priority that it should be. This is a war that we have to win,”
"Our real focus has to be on Afghanistan, the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan . . . [t]hat’s my number one priority as president of the United States.”
All while he has gotten NATO and the US involved in an illegal war in Libya where there is no strategy and no threat to US security.
So much for winning the war in Afghanistan, and that being the "number one priority." Appeasing his Code Pinko anti-military voting bloc in time for the ballot box is more important.