Wednesday, May 2, 2012
With his 3rd trip to Afghanistan as President, Obama made a suprise visit in Afghanistan early Wednesday, explaining how the war will end. He also mentioned that there will be a steady drawdown of troups from the country. Why, because staying in the country does not satisfy any purpose. He stated that by the end of summer he will have pulled out 23,000 more U.S. troops from Afghanistan. He specifically stated that the United States does not plan on building any permanent bases in the country and he will not take any more manpower to patrol the mountains and cities. Surprisingly, the Obama administration also admitted to negotiation with the Taliban, and stated, "We've made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by Afghan laws," he said. The only U.S. forces that will stay behind in 2014 will be military advisers. The announcement was make exactly 9 years to the day when ex-President George W. Bush announced on a Ship called the USS Abraham Lincoln that "Mission Accomplished" saying that major combat operations in Iraq have come to an end. But misinformed again by the commanders and others who actually new the status of the war in Iraq, it took another 9 years to actually state with honesty "Mission Accomplished". There are at least 130,000 troups from 50 different countries serving in Afghanistan, and as expected, the U.S. has more troops there then any other country. So far to date, at least 2,700 soldiers have perished, most of them being Americans.