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.