Oh, Snap! Obama Officials Walk Back 2011 Afghanistan Exit Date
They are really unhappy about this in Liberal World, but, they should have known that the majority of Obama promises all come with an expiration date
The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama’s pledge that he’d begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy.
The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, the year when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy, along with others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy.
2014? Well, they should drive the DUmmies into a moonbat froth. Yet, I wonder why Obama would consider this?
The shift already has begun privately and came in part because U.S. officials realized that conditions in Afghanistan were unlikely to allow a speedy withdrawal.
Governance and decision making are a wee bit harder than your thought it would be, eh, Sparky? The enemy doesn’t always cooperate with artificial timelines. Heck, the Obama admin can’t even keep up with the timelines for ObamaCare implementation.
Last week’s midterm elections also have eased pressure on the Obama administration to begin an early withdrawal. Earlier this year, some Democrats in Congress pressed to cut off funding for Afghanistan operations. With Republicans in control of the House of Representatives beginning in January, however, there’ll be less push for a drawdown. The incoming House Armed Services chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., told Reuters last week that he opposed setting the date.
Anyone else feel a blamestorm coming? It’ll have massive rotation, as Team Obama looks to place the blame for this broken promise on Republicans.
Don’t worry, Obama’s cool with this, it’s Someone Else’s money, and he can always get more. (Institute for Energy Research)
Is this a pivot, which would make it his 22nd, or just a shiny distraction type weekly address? He could