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White House ‘Rewriting’ Afghanistan Withdrawal Agreement

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(May 2014: Obama says US combat role is over in Afghanistan, that it is time to “turn the page.”)

And the lipstick comes off the pig. After the White House spent months promoting a false narrative about getting out of Afghanistan – with its usual enablers in the corporate media – the truth has become harder to cloak. Previously the Obama Administration said it would remove combat troops by 2015 only to reverse that decision and continue the US combat role through the year.

Now the Obama Administration has signaled that not only will combat missions continue but the previously agreed to troop withdrawals to diminish the US footprint in Afghanistan are also set to be reversed.

It’s almost like President Obama pledged and campaigned on ending a war he never planned to.

The United States and Afghanistan are nearing agreement to rewrite key aspects of their plan for ending U.S. military involvement in the war against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters here, U.S. and Afghan officials said Saturday.

In a joint appearance, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter acknowledged that they are rethinking the pace of the U.S. military withdrawal, the scope and frequency of U.S. counterterrorism raids and whether they should keep U.S. bases open longer than projected.

So just the amount of troops and what they do and for how long will remain the same – otherwise, it’s a new day in Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan has already proved to be the longest and arguably most moronic in US history. The targets of the 2001 launch of the war, Al Qaeda, left roughly six months into the conflict finding haven in Pakistan and elsewhere. The remaining fourteen years have been spent killing the local inhabitants of the Afghanistan, the Taliban, in order to build a modern democracy in a tribal society that has little interest in it but has elites who are happy to take US cash to pretend to be. The results of the effort have been completely fruitless with an incredible waste of US time, resources, and lives.

Most Afghans still do not even know what 9/11 was, let alone have any interest in becoming some modern bulwark against radical Islam. But maybe if the US kills just a few more people there, drops off just a few more bags of money to the drug dealers that run Kabul, it will all work out.

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White House ‘Rewriting’ Afghanistan Withdrawal Agreement

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”500″ height=”281″ align=”none” !}

(May 2014: Obama says US combat role is over in Afghanistan, that it is time to “turn the page.”)

And the lipstick comes off the pig. After the White House spent months promoting a false narrative about getting out of Afghanistan – with its usual enablers in the corporate media – the truth has become harder to cloak. Previously the Obama Administration said it would remove combat troops by 2015 only to reverse that decision and continue the US combat role through the year.

Now the Obama Administration has signaled that not only will combat missions continue but the previously agreed to troop withdrawals to diminish the US footprint in Afghanistan are also set to be reversed.

It’s almost like President Obama pledged and campaigned on ending a war he never planned to.

The United States and Afghanistan are nearing agreement to rewrite key aspects of their plan for ending U.S. military involvement in the war against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters here, U.S. and Afghan officials said Saturday.

In a joint appearance, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter acknowledged that they are rethinking the pace of the U.S. military withdrawal, the scope and frequency of U.S. counterterrorism raids and whether they should keep U.S. bases open longer than projected.

So just the amount of troops and what they do and for how long will remain the same¬† – otherwise, it’s a new day in Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan has already proved to be the longest and arguably most moronic in US history. The targets of the 2001 launch of the war, Al Qaeda, left roughly six months into the conflict finding haven in Pakistan and elsewhere. The remaining fourteen years have been spent killing the local inhabitants of the Afghanistan, the Taliban, in order to build a modern democracy in a tribal society that has little interest in it but has elites who are happy to take US cash to pretend to be. The results of the effort have been completely fruitless with an incredible waste of US time, resources, and lives.

Most Afghans still do not even know what 9/11 was, let alone have any interest in becoming some modern bulwark against radical Islam. But maybe if the US kills just a few more people there, drops off just a few more bags of money to the drug dealers that run Kabul, it will all work out.

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