Since the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, there’s been a lot of talk about our continuing relationship with Pakistan. But not enough talk about our continuing war in Afghanistan.
Back in December 2009, when President Obama announced the surge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, he said our goal was to “disrupt, dismantle, defeat, and destroy” al Qaeda. Mission accomplished.
According to the CIA, there are only 40-50 al Qaeda operatives left in Afghanistan. And Osama bin Laden’s dead.
Given that reality, eight Republicans and Democrats in Congress, led by Vermont’s Peter Welch, have sent a letter to President Obama asking him to dramatically change our presence in Afghanistan: from one of “nation-building” to one of “special operations.”
Which, by the way, is exactly what Vice-President Joe Biden recommended in the first place. And, surely, the success of the special ops mission against Osama bin Laden proves that, in this case, Biden was right – and Obama was wrong.
Now that bin Laden’s gone, it makes no sense to continue spending $2 billion a week, propping up Hamid Karzai’s corrupt government.
We’ve done our job in Afghanistan. Time to get out.
That’s my parting shot for today.