So, the discussion isn’t about how to end the war in Afghanistan with a victory these days, it’s about how many troops we will leave behind when the Administration unilaterally ends the war against terrorists. Retired general McChrystal says that there should be an “enduring force” in Afghanistan;
“We have an emotional responsibility,” McChrystal said of Afghanistan in an interview with The Associated Press. He commanded forces there before resigning over a controversial magazine article.
“We created expectations after 2001 in people” that the U.S. would be there to keep the country from sliding back into the chaos of the Taliban years, McChrystal said.
The Washington Post reports that some in the Administration are calling for a smaller force than anyone has discussed in the recent past;
As the debate over the size and scope of the post-2014 coalition mission nears its end, some in the administration are pressing for a force that could be as small as 2,500, arguing that a light touch would be the most constructive way to cap the costly, unpopular war.
Those troop levels are significantly lower than what some senior military officials have advocated, arguing that a sudden disengagement could lead to the collapse of a frail state and the onset of a new civil war. The low number also is a far cry from figures in the 10,000-to-30,000 range discussed among NATO allies and some U.S. officials as recently as a year ago
Yeah, a force that small wouldn’t be there for anything except a trip wire, that’s not even enough people to provide their own security. So that’s probably the plan they’ll choose. ABC News reports the best option is also being discussed – no troops in Afghanistan.
The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon’s view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces.
“We wouldn’t rule out any option,” including zero troops, Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, said Tuesday.
Since the Obama Administration has no intention of winning a war in Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world, they might as well completely withdraw the troops and they shoudl wait until next year. Pull the carpet out from under Karzai in the morning – in fact tomorrow is too late.