June 25, 2017

Obama announces US troop withdrawls from Afghanistan

I didn't say 'retreat' it is a withdrawl. R is for Retreat, R is for Republican. W is for Withdrawl, W is for White House.

US President Barack Obama has announced that all of the 33,000 extra US forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 would be back in the USA within the next 15 months.

President Obama said that 10,000 of the “surge” forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would leave Afghanistan by September 2012.

The troop withdrawals will begin next month, as promised when Obama ordered the surge in a speech 18 months ago at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York.

After the departure of all the surge forces, the total U.S. military deployment in Afghanistan would be just under 70,000 troops.

It also would bring the surge troops home before the November 2012 election in which Obama will seek a second term.

Administration officials told reporters that the military mission in Afghanistan has made great progress toward its objectives of dismantling and defeating al Qaeda in the region while stabilizing the country to prevent it from again being a safe haven for terrorist attacks on the United States. Newswarped wonders what news channel they watch to arrive at that conclusion?

Military commanders were hoping for more time but the tide of public opinion in America towards supporting partial troop withdrawls makes Obama’s strategy a safe one with voters.

Even Republican voters in a recent opinion poll are showing 60 percent support for a partial withdrawl of US troops.

The United States has spent around $443 billion on the war in Afghanistan, according to budget analysts. According to Travis Sharp, a researcher at the Center for a New American Security, the troop reductions Obama announced would bring a savings of about $7 billion in the 2012 fiscal year.

The partial withdrawl is the only viable action open tothe Obama administration, both politically and financially. At least Obama didn’t make the speech on an aircraft carrier.