Obamaspeak: Positive spin and not telling the truth about Afghanistan

Obamaspeak: Positive spin and not telling the truth about Afghanistan

Washington : DC : USA | May 06, 2012 at 7:25 AM PDT
Views: Pending
President Obama Has Ended the War in Iraq  - October 21, 2011

In recent speeches Obama has claimed to be withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. He also notes that the Taliban has lost momentum in the war and that Afghan security forces are trained and ready to take on security tasks. Part of this is spin and part simply not true.

Here is a part of what Obama has said recently:

"Because of their bravery (of U.S. troops) and dedication, the tide of war has turned in Afghanistan. We have broken the Taliban's momentum. We've built strong Afghan Security Forces. We have devastated al-Qaida's leadership. "

However it is not at all clear that the tide has turned. Although reports have touted security advances recent events show that even in the capital Kabul insurgents can wreak havoc. The situation is described even by a U.S. report as a stalemate. However, Obama puts a positive spin on this describing the situation as one where the Taliban has lost momentum. Of course they are far from defeated. The level of violence since the surge in Afghanistan has gone up during most six-month periods. See this article.

Another spin in his speech is his description of the withdrawal in 2014 of U.S. troops. While this is true, the Strategic Partnership Agreement contemplates U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan until at least 2024; in talking of the partnership somehow Obama seems to miss this fact. There will be special forces and troops for training Afghans and also drone operators. There will also probably be funding of more than a billion a year to keep the Afghan government afloat. Obama manages to concentrate attention on the withdrawal and not the decade long further commitment in Afghanistan.

Some of what Obama has to say can only be said to be an untruth if not an outright lie. According to this site: "Only 1 percent of Afghan police and soldiers are capable of operating independently, a top U.S. commander said on Wednesday. " I suppose Obama the commander in chief must know better! The fact that U.S. trainers will remain in Afghanistan for years after 2014 shows that Obama is wrong. In fact there are many articles that point out the weakness of the Afghan police and army. See this article. The best spin that can placed on the present situation is that things may have improved somewhat.

As for al-Qaida being defeated in Afghanistan, it is the Taliban, not al-Qaida, who are targets of the U.S. occupation. There are hardly any al-Qaida left in Afghanistan. Indeed al-Qaida has been growing by leaps and bounds in Yemen where Obama is in effect starting a new surge in covert U.S involvement. No doubt Obama is referring to the killing of Bin Laden, but of course this was not in Afghanistan but Pakistan!








IMAGE from Wikimedia Commons

1 of 11
Afghanistan and Obama
The war in Afghanstan, now more than a decade old, was launched by the Bush administration in response to the 9/11/01 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
northsunm32 is based in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Al Qaeda near end after decade of Afghan war: Obama

      Pak Tribune
    President Barack Obama, marking the 10th anniversary of the US military campaign in Afghanistan, said on Thursday that al Qaeda was on the ropes but "enormous challenges" remain to rebuild the country. "In delivering justice to Osama bin Laden and...
  • Obama's Afghan war unhindered by partisan fights

      SF Gate
    In August 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama stuck out his neck when he said there were terrorists holed up in the mountains of Pakistan and he was willing to do something about it. "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and...
  • Poll: Support for war in Afghanistan hits new low

      The Bellingham Herald
    On the heels of President Barack Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan last week, in which he pledged to "finish the job we started" and "end this war responsibly," the American public's support for the 11-year conflict has reached a new low,...
  • Iran denounces US-Afghan strategic pact

      NOW Lebanon
    Not only will the strategic pact not resolve Afghanistan's security problems, but it will intensify insecurity and instability in Afghanistan," he added. His remarks came after US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a deal with his Afghan...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low

      AP Online
    Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than...



More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.