Early Saturday morning, President Obama delivered his weekly address and stated, in no uncertain terms, that the United States will be leaving Afghanistan no later than the end of next year. This will conclude the longest war our country has ever engaged in.
With Osama bin Laden dead, many have questioned our continued involvement in Afghanistan while others, such as John McCain, have advocated for what amounts to an endless war. President Obama did mention bin Laden but he did declare that our other priority in Afghanistan, specifically securing Afghanistan against use as a base of operations for the terrorist organization al Qaeda, a success.
The draw down will begin on this spring as our troops shift for combat to support roles, allowing the Afghan security forces to take over.
Even the GOP is only putting up token resistance to ending the war which is strange. A Democratic president ending two unpopular, Republican initiated wars and reaping the peace dividend in terms of massively reduced spending will seriously hurt Republican chances in both 2014 and 2016 and, as we’ve seen over the last 4 years, nothing is more important than electoral victory to the GOP; Not even the welfare of the country.
We’ll see how the GOP reacts to this excellent (and long overdue) news on the Sunday morning shows.