Obama Addresses the Nation
Last night President Obama spoke to the nation about his plan to withdraw our armed forces from Afghanistan and put an end to the War on Terror. “The tide of war is receding,” he said. Starting next month troops will begin coming home, and a total of 10,000 military men and women will be with their families by the end of the year. By the end of next Summer, Obama states that his surge forces, 33,000 individuals, will be relieved of their duties. The transition of complete withdrawal will be well under way, and the US will change roles from combative to supportive. 2014 is the year when Afghanistan will be entirely on its own
The US plays a pivotal role in assisting Afghanistan transition to a sovereign state, this much is undeniable. But with everything else that is going on in our own country, it becomes difficult to warrant the astronomical cost of funding such a battle overseas. The war has burdened America with expenses totaling over $1 trillion over the course of the decade, “Now we must invest in America’s greatest resource, our people.” With crippling national debt, high unemployment and increased costs due to a weak value of the dollar we have our own problems which need to be fixed. Until our issues are resolved, the US will not be able to properly assist those who are truly in need.
Now that Bin Laden is dead, we should pull our troops out faster than the plan Obama has proposed. How much of a difference can we expect to make in Afghanistan if we stay until 2014? Bring our forces home so they can be with their families and out of harm’s way. I just hope that we don’t get ourselves further involved in the decaying situations of Syria, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. 2014 can’t get here soon enough, America is tired of war.