U.S. military forces are being withdrawn from the Pech Valley in Afghanistan,
The reason, according to a New York Times article this morning, is that we don’t have enough soldiers on the ground to stay in the valley. At least 103 U.S. troops have lost their lives there and dozens more were injured.
Now we’ll leave the fighting to the Afghans, who won’t be able to handle it, according to sources quoted by the Times.
Remember, President Obama was offered two options for conducting counterinsurgency in Afghanistan – add 80,000 troops, or add 40,000. He chose 30,000.
FIGHT THIS WAS WITH ENOUGH TROOPS TO WIN IT OR GET OUT.
From the New York Times piece:
The Taliban and other Afghan insurgent groups are all but certain to label the withdrawal a victory in the Pech Valley, where they could point to the Soviet Army’s withdrawal from the same area in 1988. Many Afghans remember that withdrawal as a symbolic moment when the Kremlin’s military campaign began to visibly fall apart.
Within six months, the Soviet-backed Afghan Army of the time ceded the territory to mujahedeen groups, according to Afghan military officials.
The decision to go into the valley was in 2003 under Bush’s watch, so I guess we can blame him.