US troops have officially withdrawn from all Iraqi cities, leaving the Iraqi government in control, as the first phase of Obama's pullout of all troops from Iraq by August 2010. At that time, it will be completely up to Iraqis to manage themselves. At the present time, US forces will only be operating in rural areas and next to the border.
I am known as one of the biggest Obama bashers in this forum, but I've got to give him credit for pulling the troops out. We do NOT belong in Iraq. However, there is another war, one that Bush forgot about long before that mission was completed. I am talking about, of course, Afghanistan, the nation that harbored the 911 terrorists, and where al-Qaeda still has a very visible presence. These are the guys we should have taken out from the git go, and THIS is the battlefield where the mission remains unfinished.
While I have just said something good, for a change, about Obama, I am ready to take it all back if he renegs on his promise to deal with the situation in Afghanistan. We still owe the Taliban a good ass whupping. I haven't forgotten 911, and I am sure that nobody else has either. If we don't finish the mission there, and take them out, once and for all, then it will surely come back to bite us right in the ass. We must make the Taliban realize that war is definitely hell, so that they think twice before screwing with the USA again. They should know that to do so will be at their own peril, and that there can only be one outcome for them - Death on a massive scale.
I know that a lot of people aren't going to like what I just said, and that others are war weary. Doesn't matter. War is hell, so Sherman said, and the best way to ensure the peace is to create hell on Earth for those who attacked us, and those who would love nothing more than an opportunity to attack us again.
And no, I am not a Neocon. I am an American who loves my country enough to want the payback that our politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, are not willing to mete out, due to political cowardice.
I will never forget. Death to the Taliban.
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