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Reminder: Barack Obama Repeatedly Said the War in Afghanistan Would Be Over in 2014 ^ | August 22, 2017 | Christine Rousselle

Posted on 08/22/2017 1:24:06 PM PDT by Kaslin

On Monday, President Donald Trump laid out his strategy for the war in Afghanistan going into 2018 and beyond. While reaction to the strategy was somewhat mixed, there was one thing that stuck out: Wait, didn't former President Barack Obama say that we'd be done with this by now?  

Why yes, yes he did. Let's take a trip in the way-back machine and look at some now-regrettable tweets, dug up by Fox's Stephen Miller: 

FACT: Unlike President Obama, Romney has no plan to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 9, 2012

As it turns out, neither did President Obama. 

President Obama: "I told you we’d end the war in Iraq. We did. I said we’d end the war in Afghanistan. We are." #PromiseKept— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 24, 2012

Narrator: we did not.

FACT: President Obama has a plan to end the war in Afghanistan in 2014—Mitt Romney does not.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 22, 2012

It is August 22, 2017, and the war is still going on.

President Obama: “We’re ending the war in Afghanistan because after a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home.”— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 23, 2012

The war did not end.

"Because of the sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is coming to a close."— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 4, 2012

I'll let Rose from the movie Titanic loosely sum up how "coming to a close" is going:

President Obama: "By the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over."— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 13, 2013

The year 2014 came and went and the war is still happening. 

The United States invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. To put this into more tangible units, at the time the invasion began, I was in the fifth grade. I have now been out of college with a bachelor's degree longer than I was in college, and I graduated on time without skipping any grades. 

More horrifyingly, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) made the observation that people who weren't yet born when the invasion began will be sent to go fight in Afghanistan in just over a year. 

I had hoped the Afghanistan war would end soon, but now it's inevitable that babies born during the war will be deploying to the war in 2019— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) August 22, 2017

This war can't go on forever, and hopefully Trump is able to one day end it, responsibly.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; barackhussein0bama; bho44; bhogwot; exitstrategy; obamaafghanwar; obamalegacy; oef; worstpresidenteve

1 posted on 08/22/2017 1:24:06 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Yes. Worst ever. Worse than Carter.

2 posted on 08/22/2017 1:26:28 PM PDT by samtheman (As an oil exporter, why would the Russians prefer Trump to Hillary? (Get it or be stupid.))
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To: Kaslin

I guess that’s when he figured the Taliban would have recovered sufficiently and win. Goal reached.

3 posted on 08/22/2017 1:27:12 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Kaslin

Yes, Obama was the worst (or a tie with FDR), but Bush and his neocon pals told us their wars would be over quickly, too, and that the oil in Iraq would pay for everything. Well, not the loss of life and all the pain and suffering, but those promoting war who don’t make any of the sacrifices don’t care about that. Politicians always promise quick wars. It rarely turns out that way. Exactly what is a win in Afghanistan? Because the problem isn’t Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, or Iran. The problem is Islam.

4 posted on 08/22/2017 1:49:55 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. ~ Hosea 8:7)
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To: Kaslin

If you like your armistice, you can keep your armistice?

5 posted on 08/22/2017 2:13:35 PM PDT by Oscar in Batangas (12:01 PM 1/20/2017,,,The end of an error.)
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To: Kaslin

the quickest way to end a war is to lose it, and he just didn’t manage to completely lose that one on schedule.

6 posted on 08/22/2017 8:21:29 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie
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To: samtheman

A true achievement.

7 posted on 08/23/2017 4:33:08 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

2018 and beyond....way beyond.

8 posted on 08/31/2017 3:52:07 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
I remember President George W. Bush saying that the war on terrorism will be one like we have never seen and that it will be a long war.

He sure did not lie about it.

9 posted on 08/31/2017 4:00:37 PM PDT by Kaslin (Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur - Politicians are not born; they are excreted. (Cicero)
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To: Kaslin

Correct, and we might be much farther along if we hadn’t changed team captains and thrown strategy out the window in 2008.

10 posted on 08/31/2017 4:09:08 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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