U.S. President Barack Obama, surrounded by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USMC General Joseph Dunford, Jr., (R) delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington U.S. July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
Nancy A Youseff, Daily Beast: Defense Officials Blast New Afghan War Plan: ‘Not the Number of Troops to Win’
“There is no desire to end the war in Afghanistan. There is a desire to… make it a problem for the next administration,” one defense official tells The Daily Beast.
President Obama announced Wednesday yet another delay in his plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan, saying 8,400 troops would remain there for a list of enemies that has grown from al Qaeda to the Taliban and now to the so-called Islamic State.
But many in the Pentagon are concerned that the president’s new plan isn’t much of a strategy at all. It’s just a holding action, to hopefully keep a lid on Afghanistan until after the election.
“There is no desire to end the war in Afghanistan. There is a desire to keep it off the front pages and make it a problem for the next administration,” as one Pentagon official explained to The Daily Beast.
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WNU Editor: I say that they are lucky to have 8,400 troops. But these officials are correct that Afghanistan is a problem that is going to be handed to the next administration, and the only reason why the White House is acting now is because the Taliban are surging .... How a Resurgent Taliban Forced President Obama’s Hand in Afghanistan (Nikhil Kumar, Time).