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Bring our troops home

Register • Mar 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

“I’ll take the Operation Enduring Freedom category for $1.4 trillion dollars, Alex”

“President Obama on Feb. 25 informed Afghan President Hamid Karzai, our NATO allies and the American people that the United States is finally planning an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of the year if President Karzai does not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement”

“What is BYE!”

“Even though the answer is supposed to be in the form of a question, the judges, fully understanding your exuberance, will accept your, and the United States, BYE!”

Wonder where the money went? — Part I: According to costsofwars.org statistical breakdown of the Department of Defense spending for Operation Enduring Freedom, the $1.4 trillion includes all the appropriations Congress made to the military through the Pentagon since the start in 2001.

Plus, the future payments, along with interest, on money borrowed to finance the operation, plus, future obligations for U.S. veterans’ medical and disability payments through 2053.

More proof that just about everybody makes a profit on war except our brave soldiers and taxpayers.

More proof that wars never end.

Wonder where the money went? —Part II: Add in the cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the cost of United States wars this century through 2013 is $3.1 trillion.

And counting.

With more than three times the brave soldiers, 14, who’ve given their lives so far in Afghanistan compared to this time last year, a year when 127 of our finest died fighting on foreign soil, a plan for total withdrawal is a heck of a lot better than the plan in the works now.

In fact, the fact is the Pentagon has been pushing for a plan that allows the United States to keep up to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

However, and yes there’s always a however;

However, after President Karzai talked to our President Obama last week about a vital security agreement that would allow the United States to keep troops in Afghanistan after 2014, a pact which Karzai is refusing to sign, saying he wants his successor to sign the pact after elections this spring, President Obama asked the Pentagon to plan for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

So, now the Pentagon is planning the plan for complete withdrawal by the end of the year. A plan Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated is moving ahead:

“With my strong support. This is a prudent step given that President Karzai has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, which would provide Department of Defense personnel with critical protections and authorities after 2014”

With the Afghanistan presidential elections a month from today, because of term limits, Karzai can’t run, its pretty much a given neither of the top two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, if elected, are going to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement.

I would give you the names of the other nine Afghan presidential candidates but my spell checker, thanks to my massive doses of spell guessing, needs a rest. The campaign for president in Afghanistan does make me wonder just exactly how big are their bumper stickers.

Vote for Sardar Mohammad Nadir Naeem.

Truthfully, after 13-plus years of Operation Enduring Freedom, this is the perfect political excuse for President Obama to have for all our troops to leave Afghanistan. Especially when the old and new presidents disagree with President Obama on how their security forces should be run.

So there you have it, President Obama stating that if Afghanistan President Karzai does not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement the United States will plan an orderly withdrawal of Afghanistan.

With today being Ash Wednesday, I’ve always been impressed with the things people have given up for Lent such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, sex and chocolate.

Here’s hoping President Obama, instead of giving up one of those vices for Lent, will keep something he’s addicted to for Lent.

A promise.

Specifically, his Afghanistan withdrawal promise.


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