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Obama Gets Smart About Afghanistan

Learning the lesson of Iraq, where President Obama withdrew all U.S. troops, with predictable results, the administration today announced that it has signed a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan that will allow nearly 10,000 troops to remain in the country after the “withdrawal” that is supposed to occur this year.

Ten thousand is also the minimum number military advisors said would be needed to keep order in Iraq

From the Washington Post:

The Bilateral Security Agreement allows for 9,800 U.S. troops to stay in the country past 2014 to help train, equip and advise Afghan military and police forces. It arrives as Islamist Taliban insurgents are increasingly attacking areas around the country in an effort to regain control as most foreign troops prepare to leave by the end of the year.

Unfortunately, Obama is getting smart about Afghanistan after being dumb about it, having refused during the “Afghan surge” early in his presidency to send the number of troops to Afghanistan needed to ensure victory. Bush sent the right number to Iraq and got . . . victory.

So now the American troops remaining in Afghanistan, needed there to ensure the place doesn’t turn right back into a terrorist training camp, will face a much more difficult environment than they needed to.

But at least Obama is being serious for once.

5 thoughts on “Obama Gets Smart About Afghanistan”

  1. I fear for the lives of our military not only in Afghanistan but anywhere under command of Barack Obama. His decisions are politically driven and limp wristed.

    He has failed to support the Kurds — which is shameful — and apparently relations with Turkey, a NATO member, are wobbly at best. It is rumored that ISIS is setting upconsultate in Turkey.

    And, as noted earlier, the Obama General Dempsey consider military advice from Rachel Maddow and Obama reads about 60% of his briefings.

    On the Kurds –

    1. The well being of the military was the first thing I thought of as well. I would like to hear from someone here at WHD that has served to give their thoughts on this matter.

  2. Good luck with helping to “train, equip and advise Afghan military and police forces”. NATO troop have been doing that for the past 10 years, to no avail. Have you ever seen the video of the Afghani “soldiers” trying to learn how to do jumping jacks? It’s pitiful. The entire Afghanistan campaign has been a complete and utter failure.

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