This just in….
Barack Obama once called the war in Afghanistan “a war that we have to win.” Of course, that’s when he was campaigning to lose the war in Iraq. He did, after all, fail to negotiate a status of forces agreement in Iraq, and, in May, there were more violent deaths there than in any month since the U.S. surge.
Now, he’s following the same course in Afghanistan. Because Obama can’t seem to get along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, he is considering quicker troop withdrawal. Rather than leave a measure of U.S. troops there, he is leaning toward the “zero option” — as in zero U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014. As a monument to Obama’s mismanagement, that option would leave a just-completed $34 million, 64,000-square-foot headquarters building in southwestern Afghanistan completely vacant — at least until the Taliban finds a use for it. In fact, commanders in the area argued against building it and will never move in. More important, our soldiers are still fighting and dying there. What of their sacrifice? And why leave them there for a few more months of futile effort?