• ABOUT-FACE: Obama May Scrap Troop Reduction In Afghanistan

    It was probably one of President Obama’s favorite campaign messages, how he ended the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. His Message in 2008: Bush was a warmonger. And in 2012: he killed Bin Laden.

    Unfortunately, as is typical with this administration, it was one big marketing ad for a phony product that has kept him in power for far too long.

    Monday, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration may reconsider its plan to cut the number of American troops in Afghanistan, and instead is planning to keep nearly 10,000 U.S. forces there throughout 2016.

    The original plan was to have only 5,500 troops remain to help train the Afghan army and have all military personnel, except Embassy staff and security, gone by 2016. But now with ISIS growing in Afghanistan, too, the drawdown could change.

    According the Washington Post, General John F. Campbell told the House Armed Services Committee that “What I really want to make sure we can do is get through what we call a full fighting season — April through the late-September time frame — focused on train, advise and assist, plus our [counter-terrorism] mission. If U.S. troop levels drop to 5,500 by the end of the year, as planned, that could potentially take our eye off focusing on train, advise and assist when we really need it.”

    So basically what this means is that the country is still at war even though Obama has repeatedly said otherwise.

    And why just Afghanistan and not Iraq?

    The latter has an “ISIS” problem, if you haven’t heard. The decision to leave troops in one country and not the other tacitly demonstrates this administration’s philosophy on foreign policy: There is no guiding philosophy on foreign policy. It’s arbitrary and indecisive.

    Matt Schuck

    Staff Writer

    Matt Schuck is a staff writer for Daily Surge. He's a DC native who got his start in broadcasting doing stints at the legendary radio station DC101 and Hot 99.5, before being recruited by the Heritage Foundation to launch their first ever radio program. Matt has worked with SiriusXM, Phil Hendrie (Team America, Futurama), and as an executive producer for the John Fredericks Show.

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