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Mar 5, 2014
“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.

BYE!

Comments

Darwin's choice

Great thought, but don't forget your talking about the liar-of-the-century!

Promises? I don't keep no stinking promises! "you can keep......"
sound famiLIAR ?

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WinstonSmith

Freedom tipped bullets and warheads packed with explosive liberty; delivered by drones that might as well be angels sent from heaven, only funded by 'voluntary' taxation.

Heil Lincoln, preserve the Union!

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

**Big Brother IS Watching...

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BULLISDEEP

Where's the LIKE BUTTON ?

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WinstonSmith

Thanks... LOL

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WinstonSmith

Thanks... LOL

Contango

The inner party only cared about the outer party.

Proles did the work and were kept ignorant. Kinda like today. :)

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WinstonSmith

Orwell is rolling in his grave... 1984 WAS NOT supposed to be an instruction manual.

Contango

Re: "Orwell,"

Agree with Neil Postman; we're headed more towards "Brave New World" and will amuse ourselves into serfdom.

pntbutterandjelly

I'm not exactly sure what all that means WinstonSmith but...it IS a highly creative rendering.

(Just wait for the "A.I." troops to go marching in.)

KURTje

Lest you forget Chuck we are out of Iraq. Charlie Wilson's war is bad legacy. We should have never entered Afghan in the 1rst place.

Contango

Re: "We should have never entered Afghan in the 1rst place."

All thanks to Carter the First and the plan to arm and finance the Afghan mujahideen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope...

deertracker

Carter? Really?

Contango

Re: "Really?"

Did you click on the link and read or is your Alzheimer's full blown today and you forgot already?

deertracker

Are you ever going to enter the 21st century? Did you forget or ever even know why America is in Afghanistan?

I agree with Chuck. Bring home ALL the troops wherever they are!

Contango

Re: "why America is in Afghanistan?"

And you'd like to forget who originally armed and financed the Afghan mujahedeen.

Too bad about your Alzheimer’s ‘turd.

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WinstonSmith

Al-CIA-Duh is %100 a construction of the Military/Pharmaceutical/Economic/Educational/Industrial Complex.

Bin Laden's CIA Codename was "Tim Osman" all a creation of Donald Rumsfeld and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Look that shit up...

holysee

I predicted this would happen and I was correct!
I am Seer!
OR do I just live and breathe?

Contango

"God created war so that Americans would learn geography."

- Mark Twain

Excessive debt and military adventurism has led to the bankruptcy of empires and great nations.

The U.S. is not immune to this fate.

holysee

I think we can just print some more simoleons

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WinstonSmith

And that's the rub, isn't it?
Gas prices haven't gone 'up' in 40 years, but every time the Federal Reserve prints more green paper, it drives the buying power of green paper down.
So what you have is not 'inflation' but radical currency de-valuation. That's why in the year 2013 a pre-1964 dime has more buying power than a one dollar Federal Reserve note. Almost %50 more buying power to be exact.

SamAdams

Should we have become involved in Afghanistan in the first place? Debatable (except for the Carter administration's funding of Afghan "freedom fighters" who spawned al Qaeda, which is, at least in hindsight, a bad move). Should we STILL be involved in Afghanistan? Again, there are arguments on both sides, though the side that suggests we shouldn't be there anymore seems to have the better case. Is the Obama administration handling the current circumstances and the planned withdrawal well? No. But there's quite literally NO foreign policy in this administration that can be defined as effective let alone any good!

In reality, I'm not entirely sure who died and made the U.S. the world's keeper, but it's long past time we stopped messing with everybody else. That does, by the way, include the massive amounts of foreign aid and "loans" (they're not paid back in most cases, so it seems disingenuous of Congress to call them that) to countries that are NOT our friends.

If a withdrawal from Afghanistan means we'll keep our nose out of localized "domestic disputes," then I'm all for it even if it DOES happen to agree with the Community-Organizer-in-Chief. Should we continue to pay attention to such disputes? Of course. There can be, and often are, implications for our own national security. But I can't pretend that means we ought to be so quick to become intimately involved in so many places!

Contango

Re: "Should we have become involved in Afghanistan in the first place?"

H*ll, thanks to Pres. Wilson, we got involved in The Great War, upset the balance of power, which in turn helped to spawn the next one.

In 1948, the Brits essentially gave the U.S. the "keys" to the world policeman's job and said: Good luck.

We've been attempting to clean up theirs and the French's past colonial messes ever since.

Neutrality (like the Swiss) works for me.

Unfortunately, the jinn will be impossible to get back into the bottle.

Better hope that the Muslim extremists don't take over a nuclear Pakistan - payback will be a b*tch.

SamAdams

No argument as to how we got into it. A variety of factors came into play, some more sensible (at the time) than others. The question is how and when we'll get OUT of the business of playing the world's policeman!

Contango

Pres. Obama's admin has NO foreign policy.

They shoot from the hip and have a lousy aim.

Maybe go back to ol' Teddy's mantra?

"Walk softly and carry a big stick."

FYI: If FDR wouldn't have ordered the Pacific Fleet from San Diego to Pearl, events would have undoubtedly went a bit different.

Protect our own!

Numerous countries are developing drones. It's just a matter of time before some nut loads one with a nuke.

holysee

We understand the depths of your depraved brain which is properly positioned to be shooting from the hip.

Contango

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Contango

lol

Talk about the double standards of the SR. :)

Here ya go:

"Ukraine Crimea Crisis: Hillary Clinton Compares Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler"

http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-cr...

Shootin' from the hip?

grumpy

Re: "Shootin' from the hip?"

And those be some sizably substantial hips.

deertracker

Paranoid much pooh? Our foreign policy should be to mind our own business!

Contango

Re: "Our foreign policy should be to mind our own business!"

Kinda too late for that now 'turd, when your pal Barack is out there droning innocent men, women and children and 16 yr. old American boys.

Making new terrorists every day.

Hypocrite.

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