Friday, October 16, 2015

COTW: The Longest War Just Got Longer

America's fourteen year war in Afghanistan just got longer yesterday when the Obamanator announced that the current troop level of 9800 will remain the same for "most of 2016" and that about 5500 will remain in 2017. He had promised repeatedly to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But faced with the negative results of US troop evacuation in Iraq, the predominance of ISIS, he reneged on that promise. American advisers apparently do not think Afghan government forces can hang on to their country without prolonged US intervention. This decision comes after the rules of engagement for US forces was deliberately violated when a charity hospital run by Doctors Without Borders was destroyed by a gunship attack in Kunduz. Pentagon officials say the attack was a mistake, but that explanation barely passes plausible deniability. US troops were in possession of the well-known hospitals GPS coordinates at the time an AC-130 gunship orbited overhead incinerating the facility with heavy cannon fire.