Polls have showed the American public increasingly aware of how poorly the Afghan War is going, despite official claims to the contrary. Today, however, President Obama had a different target to convince, the actual troops fighting and dying in the nearly decade long occupation of the land-locked Central Asian country.
But the war is being won, at least according to President Obama, and despite all of the clear evidence to the contrary. His high profile visit comes in the wake of the deadliest November on record and ahead of a promised “policy review.”
Don’t expect the review to actually change anything though. Despite record death tolls among US forces and a recent Pentagon report to Congress conceding that the Taliban is still doing fine, President Obama promised on the flight in that the December “review” won’t lead to any changes in war policy.
One person who was carefully left out of the visit was President Hamid Karzai, with whom President Obama did not meet. Speculation flew (and was quickly denied) that it was related to WikiLeaks releases shaming the Karzai government, but it may also have been an effort to avoid an uncomfortable conversation about NATO troops having killed a district governor earlier this week.
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Reminds me of LBJ's drivel right before Tet.
So the U.S. is winning the war, eh! Who would've believed it? Certainly not me.
Obama is getting good at lying. He does it so often it's to be expected, I guess.
I wonder how he defines winning. Perhaps it has to do with the number of mudbrick Afghan villages the U.S. has demolished. Perhaps its measured in heap of dead and dying civilians. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking.
Killing a Taliban fighter costs millions of dollar, I believe. They sure must be fierce. Reminds me of the Vietcong in a way.
Perhaps the Taliban will bankrupt the U.S. like they did with the Soviets. We can but hope!
A record November of US combat deaths. 54 of the 55 NATO soldiers were US. Why don't you just give the numbers? Is there some reason to be coy about giving the actual number of US combat deaths?
The correct numbers are: 53 out of the 58 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan in November were U.S. soldiers — see http://icasualties.org/OEF/index.aspx
Of course Obama, you might be winning in Afghanistan (really?).
But you just lost everywhere in the rest of the world with trying (and not succeeding) to keep Wikileaks "secrets" a secret. Push more and more countries and companies to accept your vision.
Because we will see what happens and learn from it. THANK YOU OBAMA (sarcasm ofc)
This is a remake of a movie I saw in the 60s. The original had a sad ending.
I watched this on TV yesterday – he actually said that we were winning with a straight face. This guy is so pwned.
He repeats what his masters
The question remains if Obama claims the US is winning where is the refutation to that argument.
To start AntiWar seems to be afraid to give the numbers that prove that nearly all of the alleged "NATO" soldiers killed are US soldiers. It is a joke to allow Obama and the establishment hide behind the near comic "NATO" forces label. Nearly every soldier that is killed in Afghanistan recently is a US soldier.
Also where is the regular reporting of the growing casualty level even as November was racking up another record number of US bodies as the war normally fades into the winter lull.
Not once did AntiWar mention the record monthly US combat deaths in November.
Also AntiWar never mentions where these casualties occurred other than repeating the main stream chant of "NATO" soldiers killed in the South or East of the country. Just a tiny bit of research at the Department of Defense web site reveals where these casualties are occurring and how these soldiers are dying. These are important statistics that can easily refute the claims of victory by Obama. For instance numerous deaths in Helmand in November and throughout the last several months proved the failure of the much touted offensive in Helmand that was to test the success of the surge and an early indicator of how the war would proceed in Kandahar.
At least ten US soldiers died in Helmand in November and at least seven were killed in Kandahar.
But also interesting are the six US soldiers killed by small arms fire in Kunar province in addition to the six killed last week along the Pakistan border in Nangahar. Also of note was a suicide bomber with vest that killed three US soldiers and a US airmen who died of unknown circumstances in Nuristan.
In short how could any US citizen be angry about or judge the progress of the war when he has almost zero information about the progress of that war and the ultimate consequences.
Even the alternative media refuses to cover the war and the casualties except in an occasional sensational report that is devoid of almost any concrete information and is never followed up when those statistics are later made available. AntiWar is as negligent in reporting the facts about the US failure in Afghanistan as any other media outlet.
“Mission Accomplished” sound familiar? That’s okay though. Soldiers (serial killers) don’t care about lies. They don’t care if a politician pisses on their back and tells them it’s raining. All they’re interested in is “when do i get to murder more people so i can make my (loser) self feel better.”
We're winning? WHAT?
Guess the troops will get sportive medals for committing genocide, murder etc..
How niece! Makes me wonder why was the crime done by German Nazis so bad? Why is the US repeating German Nazi crimes?
You can’t “win” a (war) crime.
What is the mission in Afghanistan? I looked at the Army code on a tag today that says the mission always comes first. What is the mission? Kill Taliban? Al Qaeda? They are not related, I have read. What is it? Remove a safe haven for terrorists? That is BS. The 9-11 people were from Saudii Arabia. What the mission? Shoot a bunch of people in a poor ravaged country and hope it's the "right" ones? It is a disgrace — and Obama is acting like a dumb ass, unfortunately. It is a disgrace to send people over there to run around not knowing what they are supposed to do and then lie to them. And no one is stopping him.
I would ask Obama the same question I would’ve asked Bush if given the chance: if you’re winning, why do you have to sneak into the country? Why do you have to skedaddle right back out again?
graceylittlejoe. The mission in Afghanistan is to secure and then plunder the Trillion dollars worth of Lithium that is there. Even the U.S. Militarys new space plane, the X-37 uses lithium as a power source. The U.S. is using “terrorism” as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and plunder it’s lithium deposits….Google the keywords: Afghanistan Lithium
Obama has clearly shown that he's not the President of the US.The rest does not even deserve to be mentioned.
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