Permanent Afghanistan Occupation Planned
Obama lied like he always does. Permanent occupation is planned.
by Stephen Lendman
America came to stay. Accelerated withdrawal claims reflect subterfuge. Washington officials and media scoundrels don't explain. Misinformation and illusion substitute for reality.
Reuters headlined "Obama, Karzai accelerate end of US combat role in Afghanistan."
"Obama's determin(ed) to wind down a long, unpopular war."
The New York Times headlined 'Obama Accelerates Transition of Security to Afghans."
Obama is "eager to turn a page after more than a decade of war."
"(B)eginning this spring American forces (will) play only a supporting role in Afghanistan."
The Washington Post headlined "Obama announces reduced US role in Afghanistan starting this spring."
Plans are "for a small troop presence in the country after the American mission formally ends there in 2014."
On January 11, Obama and Karzai's joint press conference was more surreal than honest. Duplicitous doublespeak substituted for truth.
"(T)ransition is well underway," said Obama. Plans are for Afghan forces to replace Americans. By yearend 2014, they'll "have full responsibility for their security, and this war will come to a responsible end."
At the same time, US forces will "continue to fight alongside (Afghans) when necessary." Obama didn't say what troop strength will remain.