The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy.
The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, the year when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy, along with others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy.
Were I a betting human being, I would not bet on the security situation in Afghanistan being any substantially better in 2014 than it is today.
What the Obama administration is doing here is making Afghanistan the next US president's mess to fix, and in so doing, sprinting away from his promise to the American people to begin a drawdown of troops in July of 2011.
Whatever elements of the political spectrum you embrace, please remember that in November of 2010.