Correct me if I’m wrong, but when Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, wasn’t he against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? I do recall seeing him on television during the campaign referring to them as Bush’s wars and he would end them. Obama accused his opponent Sen. John McCain of being a hawk who wanted to escalate the wars while Obama claimed he wanted to end the wars and bring our servicemen/women home.
He more or less kept his promise by pulling most of our troops out of Iraq, but at the same time, he increased our troop deployment to Afghanistan. When he was sworn into office, there were 32,800 US troops in Afghanistan. Not long after taking office, Obama announced his first troop increase for Afghanistan on Feb. 17, 2009, saying:
“To meet urgent security needs, I approved a request from Secretary Gates to deploy a Marine Expeditionary Brigade later this spring and an Army Stryker Brigade and the enabling forces necessary to support them later this summer.”
“This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires.”
With the announcement, an additional 3,100 troops were deployed to Afghanistan, but it still wasn’t enough for the greenhorn president. Barely a month later on March 27, 2009, Obama announced his second troop increase. He told the American people in a White House released statement:
“For three years, the resources that our commanders need for training have been denied because of the war in Iraq. Now, this will change. The 17,000 additional troops that the president decided in February to deploy have already increased our training capacity. Later this spring we will deploy approximately 4,000 more U.S. troops to train the Afghan National Security Forces so that they can increasingly take responsibility for the security of the Afghan people.”
By December of 2009, the number of troops in Afghanistan was up to 69,000, but that still wasn’t enough for our peace promoting president. On December 1, 2009, Obama addressed the cadets and faculty at West Point where he announced yet another troop increase, telling them:
“When I took office, we had just over 32,000 Americans serving in Afghanistan, compared to 160,000 in Iraq at the peak of the war. Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive. And that’s why, shortly after taking office, I approved a longstanding request for more troops.”
“And as Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.”
“[T]aken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.”
The number of US troops in Afghanistan swelled to 98,000 by September 2010. Again we see the rare occasion of Obama keeping his word when he began to scale back the number of troops in 2011. However, today there is still nearly double the number of troops in Afghanistan than when Obama took office.
When Obama announced his first troop increase in February 2009, the US had been involved in the Afghan war for 7 years. The US causalities in Afghanistan during that time were 569. As of the end of 2013, the total US casualties had reached 2,162 dead American military personnel. That means in the nearly 5 years of Obama escalation that an additional 1,593 Americans died, accounting for 73.7% of all of the casualties suffered since our involvement in Afghanistan.
Obama’s hypocrisy on Afghanistan has cost nearly three times the number of lives than had previously been lost. It reminds me of the lying hypocrisy of another liberal socialist who possibly had a president assassinated so he could assume the office. Lyndon B. Johnson was the second most corrupt president in US history behind Obama. I clearly remember Johnson’s campaign of 1964 when he ran against Sen. Barry Goldwater.
Goldwater was against the war in Vietnam, but told America that since our troops were already there, that he would do whatever it took to win and get our troops home, even if it meant dropping an atomic bomb on North Vietnam. Johnson took the position of a dove (peace) and campaigned that he would bring US troops home and end the US involvement in the United Nations peace action.
Once elected in one of the largest landslide elections in history, Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam and sent hundreds of thousands of American troops into the jungles of Southeast Asia. Over 50,000 of those troops came home in flag draped boxes.
There seems to be a definite pattern of liberal socialists who illegally managed to occupy the Oval Office. It’s obvious that they care little for the lives of our military personnel or any other American for that matter.