“We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I’ve set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014,” Obama said at a rally back in September, only to have his own press secretary call him a liar.
At the VP Debate, Biden repeated Obama’s lie. “”We are leaving in 2014, period.”
Except we’re not. Under Obama and Biden’s definition of leaving, we are going to have almost as many soldiers in Afghanistan after 2014… as there were during the war under the Bush Administration.
Obama is going to have more soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 than Bush did in 2006.
Obama isn’t pulling out of Afghanistan. He’s pulling the troops from his failed surge out of Afghanistan. It’s a lie and he needs to be called on it.
As discussed in my pamphlet, The Great Betrayal, Obama’s promise to leave Iraq early was a scam. It was accomplished by giving the mission a different name and renaming the soldiers still there as “advisers”.
2014 in Afghanistan will not mean the withdrawal of all ISAF forces from Afghanistan. What it will mean is that those troops, tens of thousands of them, will now be described as advisers to the Afghan security forces. And yes Obama will go on lying and claiming that the war will end in 2014.
Some U.S. military officials have said the plan is to keep 25,000 American troops in Afghanistan past 2014, but Marc Grossman, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan insisted that there is no number yet and the 25,000 figure quoted in reports is speculative.
25,000 is a plausible number, but it might be understated. When Obama “withdrew from Iraq”, 50,000 US troops remained behind as “advisers”.
But let’s look at what 25,000 really means. In the spring of 2008, under Bush, US troops levels in Afghanistan hit a high of 32,000. In 2006, there were only 20,400. A number like 25,000 can only seem small in relation to the huge numbers of troops during Obama’s failed surge.
Obama’s “withdrawal” from Afghanistan will leave more troops in the country that were there for most of Bush’s time in office. That’s a funny definition of ending a war.
Under Obama’s definition of ending a war, moving a large number of troops into an existing conflict and then pulling them out, while leaving roughly the same amount of troops that were there under your predecessor counts as ending a war.
Obama has been repeatedly attacking Romney over Afghanistan in increasingly shameless ways.
“You get to decide what the future of the war in Afghanistan is. Last week, did you notice Governor Romney did not say a word about our troops who are in harms way over there,” Obama told a crowd at a high school in Toledo. “Because of my plan, 33,000 of them will have come home by the end of this month.”
What Obama failed to mention is that the 33,000 troops were only sent to Afghanistan because of his plan… a plan that failed.
Governor Romney had nothing to say about Afghanistan last week,” Obama said Sunday. “Governor Romney doesn’t have a timetable. I think he’s wrong. That’s what’s at stake in this election.”
Obama’s timetable for Afghanistan is a lie. Just as his timetable for Iraq was a lie.
Romney needs to push back against Obama’s lies by demanding a timetable for the full and complete withdrawal of all US forces, besides those tasked with protecting diplomatic facilities.