So much for our Nobel Peace Prize winning President ending the “war” in Afghanistan by 2014 like he promised. Or even 2015. Or 2016.
America’s longest (and perhaps most fictitious) war just got even longer. It has now been announced that the U.S. is set to keep 5,500 troops in the war-torn country into the year 2017 at a cost of $14.7 billion — long after Obama has left office for good.
“It’s not a question of whether, but how to continue the mission in Afghanistan,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said. The nearly 10,000 troops already in Afghanistan will now remain there throughout 2016.
Obama just keeps changing his Afghanistan schedule, not that his promises mean anything.
This so-called war will now span three presidencies. How much longer can it continue, you might ask?
Well, someone has to guard the opium trade there, since the last decade has seen it not only fully restored, but with production now at record levels.