The old adage is that uniformed military personnel are often referred to as pawns due to more than a few politicos usually giving their fates very little thought before throwing them into the meat grinder of war. With the legacy media/mainstream media widely ignoring that the same camouflaged chess pieces often used as election campaign props, Team Obama – Biden scored quite a few points with the American public during the 2012 presidential election with the oft echoed vow regarding our troops involved in combat operations in Afghanistan that all US troops would be out by 2014. The reality of affairs in the Central Asian nation is that three months into 2015, 10,000 American troops, roughly the size of two Marine Brigades, remain in-country.
As reported by the Bloomberg news service on March 24, 2015, reporter David J. Lynch nuanced the announcement that the Obama Administration will “slow the withdrawal” of the remaining thousands of American troops still in Afghanistan. Lynch also incorrectly penned there are “new doubts that he [Obama] will complete a promised draw down before leaving office.”
In actuality, during the 2012 campaign Team Obama – Biden were very specific in the vow they made to the American people. Despite Lynch reporting the departure from Afghanistan would be completed “before leaving office (in 2017), Vice President Joe Biden made quite clear something very different.
As evidenced by Joe Biden’s comments recorded for posterity during the 2012 Vice Presidential Debates against challenger Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the ticket of Obama – Biden promised a complete withdrawal of American forces from the Afghanistan Theater of War by 2014. With little room for equivocation, Vice President Biden stated, “With regard to Afghanistan, he [Obama] said he will end the war in 2014.” Later in the debate, the Veep also painted a clear picture that no Americans would be involved in any combat operations, “… we will not go on joint patrols. We will not train in the field. We’ll only train in the — in the Army bases that exist there. But we are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period.”
Later in the same debate, Rep. Ryan defended both his and running mate Mitt Romney’s position as to not have a set date to withdrawal all American troops, “what any administration will do in 2013 is assess the situation to see how best to complete this timeline. What we do not want to do…” It was then that Biden interrupted by flatly stating, “We will leave in 2014.”
Yet the obvious reared its ugly head in late 2014 as Reuters and the Independent Newspapers consortium of Cape Town, South Africa, both on Nov. 30, 2014, reported that what has begun as hushed whispers in the nation’s capital has been verified as true. While unconfirmed reports of reliable sources bubbling to the surface by Reuters (via the Washington Free Press) as early as mid-November of 2014 that the United States would leave upwards of 10,000 troops available for combat actually in-country, most American media organizations spilled very little ink reporting Team Obama – Biden promised in 2012 something clearly and without reservation quite different.
Overseas news organizations, such as The Philippines Star verified in late November, 2014 that 9,800 American troops will remain in-country, while typical American news sources, much like the cited report from Reuters have generically reported that only a “few thousand” American troops will be the bulwark of the 12,000 man NATO contingent, ostensibly slated to train and advise the Afghan National Army.