2012 presidential long shot Barack Obama’s foreign policy campaign speech yesterday succeeded in reassuring the Taliban that America is, indeed, on its way out of Afghanistan. In an effort to reach out to his left wing base, candidate Obama spoke against a backdrop of conspicuously absent American flags.
His foregin policy remains as muddled as ever. We continue to drop bombs in Libya, but are withdrawing troops in Afghanistan. Obama set out no coherent plan nor did he lay out any benchmarks by which we can assess our progress.
Also curiously absent from Obama’s speech was any reference to Pakistan.
In contrast to the lame duck Commander in Chief, General Patraeus does have a clear plan in Afghanistan which is being ignored by Obama in favor of appeasing his base and the Taliban.
Another consequence of Obama’s fecklessness will be a loss of trust and cooperation from tribal leaders and locals whose help is indispensable in not only beating back the Taliban but for the safety of our troops.
As is to be expected from Obama, no mention was made of actuallly winning this war. His goal is some kind of nonsensical ending of the war “responsbily”. No worries if you’re a Taliban supporter–you now know they just have to wait us out.