Obama to Keep American Troops in Afghanistan

Sure. He just decided this:

President Barack Obama announced plans Thursday to keep nearly 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through most of next year and 5,500 when he leaves office in 2017, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands off the conflict to a successor.

Obama called the new war plan a “modest but meaningful” extension of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan, which he originally planned to end next year. He acknowledged America’s weariness of the lengthy conflict but said he was “firmly convinced we should make this extra effort.”

Military leaders have argued for months that the Afghans needed additional assistance and support from the U.S. to beat back a resurgent Taliban and hold onto gains made over the past 14 years of American bloodshed and billions of dollars in aid. In his remarks from the White House Thursday, Obama said that while Afghan forces have made progress, the security situation in the country remains fragile.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It was all part of the plan!

  • Shebel

    Putin must be positively salivating at the thought of being opposed by BOTH Obama and Justin.
    If there was ever a time for Putin to restore the USSR—-This it.

  • Xavier

    I distinctly remember Obama saying, when he was campaigning in ’08, that he would have all the soldiers home from Afghanistan in 18 months.