Am I dreaming? I mean am am I freaking dreaming? We’re potentially going to leave no forces at all in Afghanistan once we draw down military operations in 2014? And just leave the place to the Taliban and the terrorists so they can pick up where they left off in 2001?
Asked Tuesday about a report in the New York Times that Obama is thinking of pulling everyone out after 2014, at least in part because he is “frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai,” Carney failed to say the reporting was mistaken.
When it comes to a potential residual force in Afghanistan after 2014, we have long been clear that this is something that we will discuss and negotiate with the Afghan government. Going all the way back to January, when my colleague discussed this with you, we have made clear that the options that are available include the zero option, the so-called zero option.
Mr. President, this is not about whether Karzai is rude to you!
I had thought when Obama was a candidate in 2008 he at least believed we should win the war in Afghanistan. But, Vietnam style, we apparently ain’t about winning, just about trying to prop up the locals and then retreat. But now it appears – also Vietnam style – in the end we ain’t even going to try to prop up the locals!
We at least need some forces there to exert influence and conduct some operations to keep al Qaeda off kilter. If we leave no troops at all in Afghanistan, WE ARE CRAPPING RIGHT ON THE GRAVES OF THE AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED THERE.
Americans signed up in droves after 9/11 to fight to defend this nation. They went to Afganistan to avenge the deaths of our citizens and make sure it never happens again. If Obama withdraws completely from Afghanistan he is setting the stage – even more than he already has – for another major terrorist attack.
At least those brave American fighters helped keep the animals mostly at bay for twelve years. God bless them, and God give Obama the wisdom to at least try to preserve their noble work.
Hopefully the suggestion that we’ll take all our forces out is a negotiating tactic and not a serious proposal.
Here’s some good discussion about the issue from Brett Baeir’s show Tuesday night.