Propping up a doomed, artificial state for political reason leaves us with a Forever War.
Rather than simply retaliating against the Taliban and hunting down Osama bin Laden, our government committed us to a Forever War. Here’s the latest chapter of our Neverending Story:
Bloomberg reports, “Obama Finds He Can’t Escape Afghan War He Once Promised to End.”
President Barack Obama, who once promised to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan within 16 months of taking office, acknowledged on Wednesday that his successor will instead have to resolve America’s longest armed conflict.
Obama announced that he would again slow the U.S. withdrawal from the country, where Afghan government forces are struggling to take and keep territory from the Taliban. About 8,400 U.S. military personnel will remain in the country at the end of the year to help with what Obama called a “precarious” security situation.
“We’re guided by the facts — the situation on the ground — to determine what’s working and what needs to be changed,” Obama said Wednesday. The U.S. troops would continue to focus on training Afghan forces and on counterterrorism missions, he said.
Funny. When he was elected into office in 2008 it was on the basis of his promises. There is no denying that Obama got a lot of votes because people were sick of the wars. On the basis of those promises, Obama was even given the Nobel Peace Prize before he had done anything as President.
The fact is the artificial Islamic regime we have cobbled together cannot last. But Obama does not want to be blamed for its collapse. So we are effectively stuck there.
The move, which comes a day before Obama heads to Warsaw for a meeting with other North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders, means his successor — likely either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump — will also have to wrestle with the Afghan war, now in its 15th year. Administration officials who refused to be identified told reporters in a briefing arranged by the White House that a resolution will require the Taliban and Afghan government to negotiate a truce, an outcome they acknowledged is complicated by the Taliban’s reluctance to engage in talks.
The move will require a truce with the Taliban when the Taliban refuses to negotiate a truce. How could we allow ourselves to be blackmailed like that?
Hillary Clinton is not going to want “the Afghan government” to collapse during her administration. If she wins, we will be stuck there for more years. Donald Trump shows signs he may refuse to worry about how things look. He seems remarkably truthful about the follies of “the war on terror.”