We can’t just charter a bunch of jets & “leave”… & even if it was physically possible, it would be irresponsible… as history has taught us.
I’m not happy about this.. & I GUARANTEE you that President Obama isn’t, either… you could see it in his face when he made the announcement.. but the QUICKSAND that Bush plunged us into has got us into a situation where there are NO options other than “Bad” or “WORSE”.
Look to the lesson of Southeast Asia.. where Nixon made the TERRIBLE mistake of withdrawing too quickly… the ensuing bloodbath in both Cambodia & South Viet Nam a terrible testament to the frivolity of making POLITICAL decisions where HUMAN ones were better served.
President Obama did not make this decision callously (as did his predecessor) nor without weighing ALL of the facts (as did his predecessor) & I’m POSITIVE he did not decide for POLITICAL reasons, as the “outrage” from his “supporters” demonstrates.
This is the only way OUT of that quagmire.. one that he INHERITED.. one that is OWNED in its ENTIRETY by those who STARTED it.
30,000 SUPPORT troops (combat ready.. as are they ALL sent to SHORE up the situation) is not an “escalation” by ANY definition in this situation... as all experts agree that an EXPONENTIAL addition would be necessary to “occupy” Afghanistan & that a STRATEGIC, well-planned WITHDRAWAL is the SINGULAR goal here… it’s the only plan that makes sense. After all, this is not even a “Nation” in any real sense.. just a loose amalgam of warlords, tribes, religious fanatics & criminals (lead by Karzai) & without a viable “central government” one would be hard-pressed to define a “military victory”.. & the President KNOWS THAT.
I had written over a month ago that President Obama would announce a structured, strategic plan to withdraw & that is exactly what he did. This is the FIRST TIME that a TIMETABLE to withdraw has been formulated.. & for the first time the GOAL is not to “win” but to LEAVE.