Sunday, December 15, 2019

Trump admin intends to announce withdrawal of about 4,000 troops from's 3 years late (for this administration) but ok...

via NBC News.
 The Trump administration intends to announce the drawdown of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as early next week, according to three current and former U.S. officials. The withdrawal will leave between 8,000 and 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said.

The announcement would come just days after Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad rejoined diplomatic talks with the Taliban, which had broken down in September. On Thursday, Ambassador Khalilzad said the U.S. was "taking a brief pause" in talks after a Wednesday attack near Bagram Airfield killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 70 more.

The U.S. has between 12,000 and 13,000 troops in Afghanistan now. The officials would not say when the drawdown would begin, but did characterize it as a phased withdrawal that would occur over a few months. Two U.S. officials said the drawdown would be a combination of troops re-deploying early and others not being replaced when they rotate out.
Story here. 

This is a move that's 3 years late (for this administration...should have happened during Obama's term in office and his own instincts told him so) but better late than never.

Next.  Has anyone wrapped their heads around the fact that all the "support the troops" drivel wasn't aimed at actually supporting the troops but instead to support the policy?

I don't know how it happened but supporting the troops came to mean supporting never ending wars.

It was silly and stupid but somehow they made it work.

Even worse?

Leadership (both military and civilian) had no real plan to win this thing except to keep on wasting lives and money in one of the biggest shitholes on this planet.

Historians will not be kind to our military and civilian leaders...but they won't be kind to the public either.

America was at war and most just shopped.

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