Surely, we can’t be the only ones asking the question in the headline. Obama and his cronies are high-fiving one another over their latest plan to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, much to the chagrin of Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte, to name but three. Indeed, as countless critics have pointed out, the move is a purely political one. After all, what other possible rationale would justify announcing to one’s enemy when you’ll be vacating the premises? Team Obama has decided to put political expediency during a turbulent midterm election year ahead of safety…and common sense. If they’ve consulted one single general on the ground about this move, it’s almost a guarantee that it was a superficial courtesy, meant only to check the box that says, “yep, we consulted the top brass,” before moving forward with their predetermined pullout plan.
“Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them,” said Obama in the Rose Garden on Tuesday. “Yet, this is how wars end in the 21st century.”
Really, Barry? So, does that mean your dysfunctional VA system is how we treat our veterans in the 21st century too? Yeah, I said it. El Prezzo is about to bring home thousands of military men and women that his Department of Veterans Affairs can’t even properly care for. Are we to seriously believe that he’ll have the system “fixed” by the time they land on American soil? We’ve been told for months now that Obamacare’s equally devastating problems have been “fixed,” yet every day, reports of new nightmares at local hospitals continue to pour in. If that’s Obama’s idea of “fixing” things, color me skeptical.
Now of course, I’m not arguing that we should leave troops overseas rather than bring them home if possible. Privatization of VA hospitals sounds like a potentially promising solution, though it would take some time–and the administration would have to be dragged into it kicking and screaming. In all likelihood, what we’ll ultimately see is a few guys lose their jobs and, in the best-case scenario, go to prison. It still leaves our precious troops coming home to disastrous care next year. And isn’t this all one big amazing example of how the Obama administration has turned every possible scenario into a lose/lose proposition? That’s what happens when decisions are never informed by actual facts, even when those facts are smacking the president in the face. After al Qaeda takes over Afghanistan, I can’t wait to hear Obama claim he learned about the troop withdrawal strategy from watching the news.
The irony is that this complete pullout of forces is all being orchestrated in order to allow the Commander-in-Chief to look “good” when he leaves office and similarly help Democrats in their individual elections. But even if he can manage to convince Americans in the short term that he’s doing the right thing, the devastation he’ll bring about long-term in the region will essentially destroy any positive marks on his already failed foreign policy record. How do I know? Because it already happened when he pulled out of Iraq.
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