This should be taken with a grain of salt, since it was written by a journalist, but it appears that we are turning Afghanistan over to the Taliban on 2014.
The Obama administration is considering the possibility of removing all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission officially finishes at the end of 2014, White House officials said Tuesday.
The comments by Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, come as the Pentagon and White House mull over the number of troops that could be left in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama are scheduled to meet on Friday in Washington.
Rhodes said the administration is considering a range of options, with one scenario having no U.S. troops there. The range, according to defense officials, had until recently been between 6,000 to 15,000 U.S. troops possibly remaining in the country, based on an assessment by the U.S. top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen.
“We have an objective of making sure there’s no safe haven for al Qaeda within Afghanistan and making sure that the Afghan government has a security force that is sufficient, again, to assure the stability of the Afghan government and the denial of that safe haven,” Rhodes said.
“That’s what causes us to look for different potential troop numbers or not having potential troops in the country,” he continued.
I’m agnostic on this. Would al Qaeda really try another September 11th-type terror attack after what they’ve been through? Possibly. Do the Afghans deserve more American sacrifice when they cannot seem to get their act together? Doubtful. And the public is certainly fed up with war.