Boy, we taught them a lesson, right? Afghanistan won’t be host to the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists anymore now that we have cleaned their clock. Iraq will become a stable democratic republic after we kicked them from here to kingdom come, correct? Now, we’ll just ask them if we can hang around in small numbers just in case. Just in case what? Here is a list of just-in-case:
1. Governments fail to maintain adequate control over terrorist organizations
2. Governments fail to produce sustainable economies to keep citizens happy
3. Governments fail to provide adequate protection for petroleum to flow to western allied nations
4. Governments fail to contain radical Islamists from threatening citizens
That short list of “just-in-case” is a slippery slope.
“‘I think Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them,’ Obama said. ‘Yet this is how wars end in the 21st century — not through signing ceremonies but through decisive blows against our adversaries, transitions to elected governments, security forces who are trained to take the lead and ultimately full responsibility.’”
“'It’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them,' Obama says
By Kristina Wong - 05/27/14 03:19 PM EDT
President Obama on Tuesday announced the United States will reduce its presence to Afghanistan to fewer than 10,000 troops.
Saying it was harder to end wars than to begin them, Obama said the U.S. would leave just 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends in 2014.
“The bottom line is, it's time to turn the page on more than a decade in which so much of our foreign policy was focused on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said in comments from the White House.
The 9,800 troop level will be cut in half in 2015, and when Obama's presidency nears its completion at the end of 2016, he said the only U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be those guarding the U.S. Embassy there.”