Mr Wilson, a regular reader, likes to chastise me for critizcizing President Obama’s foreign policy and strategy or lack thereof. He often says I don’t know what I am talking about and think I know more than the experts, whomever they may be. When I think about it, those comments could apply to Obama😎
It’s true I don’t have any inside information more than the average American, but like anyone else I can look at the big picture, the political motives and human nature. As I have said before, one side simply can’t declare an end to a war and walk away, that’s called defeat, but more important it sends a clear message to the other side; one that appears to have been received loud and clear in this case.
Remember Mr Wilson, I didn’t write the following.
New York Times October 14, 2015
WASHINGTON — With pressure building on the White House to slow or completely halt the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, senior officials said that President Obama appears increasingly willing to keep a force there large enough to carry on the hunt for Al Qaeda and Islamic State militants.
For President Obama, leaving more than a small force to protect the embassy in Kabul beyond next year would mean abandoning his goal to bring home almost all American troops before leaving office. But even though Mr. Obama has declared the American war in Afghanistan to be over, the Taliban’s recent advances have convinced the Pentagon, many in Congress and much of the national security establishment in Washington that it is critical for American troops to remain there.
The insurgents are now spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, according to the United Nations, and last month they seized the city of Kunduz with only a few hundred fighters. At the same time, Al Qaeda operatives are still finding havens in the mountains of Afghanistan, and the Islamic State has gained a toehold by recruiting disaffected Taliban, opening a treacherous new chapter in the war.