It seems appropriate to link to Comedy Central for this bit of news from CNN that Obama plans to conclude the war and withdraw most U.S. service members within three years, senior administration officials told CNN Tuesday.
Barack Obama -- who is nearly one year into his first four-year term -- has supposedly decided to randomly pick a three-year time table for ending his proposed escalation in Afghanistan out of thin air for no reason whatsoever... Jeeze, I sure hope the bringing the troops home in 2012 doesn't get too much in the way of Obama's re-election campaign.*Ben Smith
says "Mark it down as the first promise of his re-election campaign."
Doesn't this seem like the most awful roll-out possible?
Update [2009-12-1 16:2:46 by Jerome Armstrong]:Politico is reporting that "the date for the beginning of withdrawal is July, 2011", and Greg Sargent that says those same WH Sr admins are denying there is an end point of the occupation.
And yet, from McChrystal, that a drawdown will
not begin until before 2013:
Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican congressman from Colorado, said this week that during his visit to Kabul, he asked McChrystal: "If you get these troops that you are requesting, the 40,000, where's the tipping point? At what point will we begin to draw down?" According to Coffman, McChrystal responded: "Sometime before 2013."
(*I guess those fellas at Comedy Central were onto something.)