Report: Obama Administration To Negotiate To Prolong Presence of U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

While President Barack Obama again heralded his keeping his promise to pull out of Afghanistan, news accounts this week revealed that the Administration is again discussing the extension of U.S. troops in that country past 2014. The Administration is determined to stay in a country where U.S. citizens are increasingly attacked not only by the Taliban but Afghan troops. Afghan President Hamid Karzai stated inclinations toward the Taliban and harsh treatment of women. Then there was Karzai’s recent position that women are worth less than men — presumably even those American women keeping Karzai and his corrupt family and friends in power.

Just a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden said in his debate that U.S. troops were leaving Afghanistan by 2014: “We are leaving in 2014, period, and in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion.” While he said this, the Administration was preparing for negotiations to keep troops in the country.

Many of us have long opposed any troops in the country and Obama has failed to end that presence after three years despite polls showing that a majority oppose our continued presence in the country. In the meantime, Obama has spent hundreds of billions on these wars and we have continued to incur the deaths and wounding of our personnel.

Just last May, Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement that assured an ongoing U.S. commitment to Afghanistan through 2024 — the very troops that Karzai has called “the enemy.” Reports indicate that we want to keep roughly 25,000 American troops in Afghanistan past 2014. Even a fraction of that is too many for many citizens who fail to see why we must continue to drain ourselves of treasure and lives in that country’s civil war.

In the meantime, our British cousins have set a hardcore deadline for 2013 to leave the country.

Source: Foreign Policy

51 thoughts on “Report: Obama Administration To Negotiate To Prolong Presence of U.S. Troops In Afghanistan”

  1. Zarathustra

    “What a shame, that in a country of 320 million people, we can’t find a decent President….”

    Problem isn;t can;t find one, problem is the money won’t go to him if he is not a cog in the machine already

  2. I guess that “9-11 changed everything” indeed in the sense that there seems not to be a viable peace movement, or certainly a peace candidate, except in the most hollow of cliches. Peace isn’t something that comes just by the absence of war, after all the “bad guys” are vanquished (continuing to promote the “war on terror” has insures that will never happen).. It is a state of mind and action that must be worked toward. It’s hard to say for how many more years, or decades, the tar baby “soft on terror” will dominate and shape the psyche of politicians, to the extent that politicians may even be relevant.

  3. The debate Commission has effectively constructed their rule to lock out third parties. Absent third party participation the odds for non-conforming ideas diminish dramatically — some mathematician could demonstrate it.

  4. At least to 2024 is the current Obama administrations’ real terms. Check it out.

    And both OT and on topic, here’s part of the reason you will never hear the truth spoken on national T.V. “And Green Party candidate Jill Stein called the debate commission, which kept all third party candidates out of
    the debates “entirely illegitimate.” Jill and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested trying to enter the Hofstra campus, and held for eight hours in a warehouse set up for protest detainees. *They were chained to chairs until after the debate ended.* Democracy Now reported this morning: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10 17/green_partys_jill_stein_cheri_honkala ]

    Aren’t all you Mittens and Barackie supporters proud! This is what you’re voting for, what you’re asking others to die for-yep, this is the new democracy in town!

  5. Just because it’s election season is no reason to deny that Obama is just another cog, albeit a hypocritically clothed one, in the warmongering machine that has come to be consensus ‘normal’ amongst the PTB, the MIC, and their apologists.

  6. I like silence as it provokes thought and allows one the opportunity to ponder options. Yet at times silence points to uncomfortable issues such as the issue in this thread, whereby people look away, ignoring the consequences of their social, moral, and political thought.

    I’m as guilty of this as anyone so don’t think I’m stating this from a self-perceived high moral ground. But I’m truly exasperated by my government waging war in my name against one of the poorest countries in the world for such a long period of time.

    The proverbial elephant in the room — the one based on fear — makes us all think it’s a wall that can’t be moved while we politically beg for redemption.

  7. Andy, Would you isolationists withdraw troops from Europe, Korea and other foreign places, like Texas?
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    You betch’a! And what LJM said- well said BTW.

  8. Zarathustra

    “What a shame, that in a country of 320 million people, we can’t find a decent President….”

    What a shame that in a country of 320 million people, we have so many who either don’t care or agree with our endless war foreign policy.

  9. Calling people “isolationists” because they think we don’t need to have a military presence all over the world is no different than calling people “communists” because they believe in universal healthcare.

  10. “In the history of bad ideas, this isn’t #1, but it’s reaaaaaal close.”

    But it worked out so well for the Russians…. and the English.

  11. Andy 1, October 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Staging areas for special ops and such makes tactical sense. I agree that the regular combat troops should be withdrawn and that is my understanding of the policy. Would you isolationists withdraw troops from Europe, Korea and other foreign places, like Texas?
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    Isolationist is just another word for not understanding geographical boundaries of sovereign nations:

  12. Fairly, ROFL. Right you are. We wouldn’t have the Mitt running, just one of the others he beat out for position.

  13. I like Obama, the RepubliCon would have us over there for ever. That is why he says he will hire on 100,000 more troops when he gets in. The Willard’s grandpa definitely should have learned when to pull out now. Then we would not have this gypsie running for President.

  14. Andy, “would you isolationists withdraw troops from Europe, Korea and other foreign places, like Texas?”

    Yep. It’s long past time. Our soldiers need a long break from repeat deployments. Our vets need money spent on mental and physical care for the injuries already suffered rather than more war that creates more disabled vets. Our schools need a long break from being starved of the money that going for bombs and drones.

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