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Does the Obama Campaign Know Something We Don't About US Withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Submitted by Megan Iorio on 11 April 2012 - 1:22pm
Just yesterday, Santorum announced the suspension of his presidential campaign, leaving Mitt Romney the presumptive Republican candidate for president. The Obama campaign has moved quickly, announcing today it's on (no, really, they said this) by releasing a factsheet on Facebook about their likely opponent, entitled, "Five Things You Need to Know About Mitt Romney." The image has become a viral sensation, with over 15,000 likes, 2,800 comments, and 7,000 shares at the time of writing. I've embedded a copy to the right. Take a look.
Okay, first fact is predictable.
Second one ... wait, what?
He opposes the President's plan to end the war in Afghanistan and would leave troops there indefinitely.
Does this mean that Obama is NOT planning to leave troops in Afghanistan indefinitely? How did I miss the President announcing a date for full withdrawal from Afghanistan? Did I black out or something? When did this happen? What great news!
Oh, hold on, I don't know anything about this because it didn't happen. By all accounts, 2014 is still only the end of the combat mission, and the administration is still in talks with the Afghan government to leave perhaps tens of thousands of troops in the country indefinitely.
So, Obama isn't planning to end the war. And he wants to leave troops in Afghanistan indefinitely. Please, someone help me: how does the President's position differ from the one he ascribes to Romney here? Or does the Obama campaign know something we don't know about the President's plan for withdrawal? Is the President planning to run on a platform of ending the war for real by removing all troops sometime in the near future? In any case, I await a satisfactory response.