If anyone in the future wants a blueprint for how to lose a war, they can just look at everything that Obama did and didn't do in the last 4 years.
Like Nixon, Obama came into office with a plan for winning the war. Unlike Nixon, the media never held Obama accountable for escalating the war with no real plan for winning it.
1. Casualties drastically increased due to a surge in troop numbers combined with...
2. A policy that tied the hands of those troops to win a Hearts and Minds conflict.
And to make matters that much worse, both of these approaches were combined with
3. A total lack of commitment to the war, as evidenced by a withdrawal timeline, wavering commitment, musical commander chairs and mixed messages.
If anyone in the future wants a blueprint for how to lose a war, they can just look at everything that Obama did and didn't do in the last 4 years. If they want to know how not to get blamed for it, they just have to find the Rohypnol that Obama poured into the cocktail drinks of the poodle press.
Obama said U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan will adopt a “support role” starting in the spring of 2013, to allow Afghan police and soldiers to take full responsibility of the country’s security, a nation where 2,053 American soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7, 2001.
Seventy-two percent of those casualties occurred during Obama's first term.
Just as in Iraq, we are totally withdrawing... not.
Obama said Friday at the White House, alongside Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “Our troops will continue to fight alongside Afghans when needed but let me say it as plainly as I can: Starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. Training, advising, assisting Afghan forces,” he said.
When Obama says, "Let me say t as plainly as I can", it means pay close attention to my lie. And no John Kerry, we aren't talking about the one in Vietnam.
Obama's first withdrawal was followed by the claim that the US would just be there as Advise and Assist Brigades. This is more of the same. It's the Afghanization of the War. And considering the rising number of Insider Attacks, it doesn't even matter any more what combat role they'll be playing, since they'll be under fire whenever they're around Afghans,