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Obama From Afghanistan: ‘This Is Where It Will End’ (Update: Video)

Posted on May 1, 2012

The president speaks live from Bagram Air Base.

First the president spoke to the troops, then to the American people. In a live address from Afghanistan, Barack Obama echoed his predecessor: “I will not keep Americans in harm’s way a single day longer than is absolutely required for our national security.”

The echo is not in the language, but the insincerity. It’s getting tougher and tougher to argue that policing Afghanistan’s civil war has much to do with American national security, particularly after the death one year ago of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida poster boy who was found in neighboring Pakistan of all places.

And although he signed a commitment to support the country (and presumably the regime of kleptocrat President Hamid Karzai) until 2024, the president suggested that the age of war—not just the conflict in Afghanistan—was coming to an end.

“As we emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home, it is time to renew America. An America where our children live free from fear, and have the skills to claim their dreams. A united America of grit and resilience, where sunlight glistens off soaring new towers in downtown Manhattan, and we build our future as one people, as one nation. ...

“This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.”

(These quotes are from the president’s prepared remarks.)

For proof of his sincerity, Obama cited the other major war he inherited (and though he inherited both, this was the one that didn’t hold his interest or support): Iraq. “The Iraq War is over. The number of our troops in harm’s way has been cut in half, and more will be coming home soon. We have a clear path to fulfill our mission in Afghanistan, while delivering justice to al-Qaida.”

Just a reminder, to the president and those who read this: Estimates by former CIA chief now-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had fewer than 100 al-Qaida members left fighting in Afghanistan as of 2010. Do we really need another two years (plus 10 more of support) to get them? Do we really need to get them at all? —PZS

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By Oceanna, May 3, 2012 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

“Where’s the Mission Accomplished sign?”

That and the leather flight jacket were recycled from the earlier theatrical props,
circa the May 1, 2011 “bin Laden assassination” and the aforementioned May 1,
2003 Bush proclamation of success. 

It is very strange and inauspicious how O’bomber’s speech coincided with
Bush’s.  An operational definition of insanity is repeating the same actions while
expecting different results. 

I see the paid troll parasite and provocateur, who authenticates from Wikipedia
and fake sites or contradicts him/herself with quotes,  shilling away.

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By gerard, May 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment

Where’s the “Mission Accomplished” sign?
And the flack jacket?

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By wildthang, May 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
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We are out but not until 2024 and counting. We mean to control and dominate the region for the project that began with Carter in response to losing Iran and the threat of oil embargoes. We hope to get to the point as with Iran and the shah where their secret police in these countries can protect the multi-national corporate interests themselves but in the meantime we do not have to report on special forces deployments or casualties or cost. And Iran and Syria have been on the axis of evil greatest hits list for some time now and are next in line but after them there are likely some more but it is a long term project now well long..

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

I don’t take suggestions from a potty-mouth troll.

Geez, the delusions of grandeur of some of you guys.

Next you’ll be telling us you’re Napoleon.

I would tell you where to go but you are there doing it to yourself all day and all night on truthdig.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

I’m sorry you think those things and sorry that you feel as if you’re being ordered
to act in a semi-reasonable manner.

I had hoped that you would have understood it to be sound advice that was

but you just go right ahead offering your version of Pamela Geller if you think it

blather and bigotry for all!!!!!!

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

Sorry, but unlike you paid shills (I use the plural because you have cloned yourself several times on this site)I do not post to order.

And especially not on the orders of some pinche no-neck troll who spends his days masturbating here instead of getting a real job cleaning toilets at Burger King.

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By skeptic 888, May 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment
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We are in Afghanistan to build the TAPI pipeline, to overturn the regimes of Iran and Pakistan, to disengage the province of Balochistan from Pakistan (in the name of “human rights” of course), to prevent the completion of the IPI pipeline, to keep Iran from developing closer trade ties with its neighbors (even if trade would be the best way to ensure peace in the region), to block Iran from earning anything from its natural resources until such time as the clerical regime is overthrown, and to continue to fund clandestine operations in Central Asia and resistance in Tibet and Xinjiang. 

Who knows, maybe we’ll even bring back Al Qaeda as our proxy again in the region, since, contrary to the official line, we were engaged with them right up until 9/11, and were using them to cause trouble throughout the region, including in Xinjiang. Now we are locked in another love fest with them in Libya and Syria, even as we are killing them and many innocent civilians in Yemen (and making certain the journalists who are reporting on it are silenced and imprisoned).

There is no way Obama or his successors will leave Afghanistan, though it is hard to believe that the TAPI pipeline will be built within the next 10 years, let alone anytime soon.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

—-I am educated and informed and aware——

and well you may be. what I’m asking is that you share some of your vast store of
information rather than merely spewing your bigoted hash.

a little meat makes the other stuff easier to swallow.

thank you for your attention to this matter.

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

I don’t have to DIG up anything.

I am educated and informed and aware, which means I actually KNOW things about the world in which I live.
Plus, I am not being paid to troll here so am under no obligation to my employers like you are to DIG up a potty-mouth personal attack post every two minutes.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

that’s a little better, moonie. it’s all vastly unimportant but at least you dug up
some info.


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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

And ole parasite no-neck goes for the masturbation fantasy playlist one more time.

The cost of the investigation of the secret service Capers in Cartagena will cost the US taxpayers 1.6 million dollars.

Before that there was a scandal with whores and booze in Moscow—with Clinton (The Cigar Guy, not the Haghawk), after which they had supposedly been put on a shorter leash.

And there was another scandal with those guys somewhere in Latin America, which simply slips my mind at this moment.  Which means it was probably in Mexico City.

I guess it’s a fringe benefit escorting the Prez.

Ah, now I remember, the whore and cocaine scandal in Mar de Plata!

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

yep moonam, a page from your book of tricks….why pay for the goat when the
goo comes free?

stop trolling and try to contribute something worthwhile….please….

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By gerard, May 2, 2012 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

The picture looks horribly symbolic to me:  A guy in a suit and white shirt trapped between two monstrous vehicular products of the military-industrial complex, one of which, driverless, is about to run him down!  How the truth will out in spite of “well-laid photo-ops of mice and men.” And an expression on his face: “Please, somebody. Tell me where I am!”

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

I wonder how many of his seceret service entourage whooped it up with whores and then refused to pay?

This piece doesn’t tell us that.

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By blogdog, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

from the article: ...Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida poster boy… - at
least some among the MSM are warming up to it - OBL was a rich-asset
mountebank - all purpose recruiter for the CIA’s Arab Foreign legion, which they
deploy from the Maghreb to the Punjab, the Balkans to the Sahel - Terror
Incorporated: filling the bill wherever, whenever - freedom fighters or terrorist
bogymen - essential to the endless Global War OF Terror

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By Oceanna, May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

“This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end.”

I could have sworn he was carrying through the promise of his predecessor for
perpetual warfare.

His words of closure contradict with the expansions during his administration—
Libya and a hoped for redux in Syria, exponential increases of Drones into
Muslim countries , etc.

I don’t think the display of Bush-like certainty is going to help his re-election
chances.  I doubt if the recycling of the bin Laden mission (or theatrics) will
either.  I don’t think the cosmetics layered over the collective cognitive
dissonance will ultimately be successful.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

and the insincerity of the author of this thing is reflected in calling the war in
Afghanistan a “civil war”....

it ain’t

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By Alan MacDonald, May 2, 2012 at 6:04 am Link to this comment

Everyone, except we supposedly ‘exceptionalist’ Americans, knows that this is a global Empire.

You’ve got to give Obama credit, even ‘exceptional’ credit, for being an exceptional but hopefully the “last liar for Empire” on earth.

The Caesars were actually not very good liars for Empire, in that the Roman Empire allowed ‘subject’ people in their territories to become Romanized ‘citizens’ and to join the empire.

Likewise with MUSLIM SPAIN Blurring Subjecthood in Imperial Al-Andalus

[Parsons, Timothy (2010-06-11). The Rule of Empires : Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall (p. 65). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.]

And while Pizarro’s conquistadors, who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Inkans capturing Peru, and the English ‘gentlemen’ looting India for the crown, were fairly good liars about the supposed ‘civilizing’ value of their extraction of great wealth from South Asia, these lies of Empires seem like crude deception today.

Of course, Hitler and the Nazi Empire upped the sophistication of imperial lying in the 20th century by telling ‘subject’ Frenchmen in captured and “Occupied” France that they were now proudly Vichy Frenchmen, under his single-party deception of a puppet government.

But, Obama.  Wow, Obama—- now here’s a leader, decider, fuhrer who can really throw the imperial BS (oops, PR) as nobody ever could.  And its soooo late in the age of Empires, and the awareness of Empire’s lies by almost all the people in the world, that Obama’s smooth and charming lies for Empire are just, well, they’re just ... ah, well, let’s just say, that “Nobody Does it Better” than Secret Agent 008, when it comes to convincing rubes in America that they are ‘citizens’ living in some kind of functional ‘democracy’, when they are actually just entirely powerless ‘subjects’ held captive in a disguised global empire (DGE) that they don’t even have the understanding to perceive.

But, Goddamit, doesn’t this smooth-talking, and charming Secret Agent 008, Obama, have some kind of magic over us (as the song says) to be able to “do the things he does” for this Empire, and to deceive us!

Wow, at least we’ve got to give him credit for that.

Best luck and love to the “Occupy Empire"educational & revolutionary movement.

Liberty, democracy, equality, & justice

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

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By IMax, May 2, 2012 at 5:47 am Link to this comment


You mean after Sen. Obama had been briefed on matters of National Security matters for nearly a year before taking office?  After serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he didn’t begin speaking differently on national security and issues of foreign relations?

You’re not very good at broad critical thinking.  You certainly know nothing of Mr. Obama before his time in Washington.

Please, think before you type.

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By vector56, May 2, 2012 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

IMax; you realize that thecrow’s comment just blew your “amateurish” attempt at Propaganda out of the water?

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By Drea, May 2, 2012 at 4:53 am Link to this comment
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If America had any interest in helping Afghanistan, they would have never allowed
kleptocrat Karzai and his druglord cousin (formerly arrested in the USA as a drug
dealer, later murdered) to lead the country. This sounds like a total planned
campaign propaganda step in the march against Romney. The Duopoly of US
democracy is not fooling anybody. By the way… is J.P. Morgan still in charge of
digging the Afghan gold off the ground?

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By thecrow, May 2, 2012 at 4:38 am Link to this comment

A little memory against forgetting:

“Sounding presidential, Senator Barack Obama said Wednesday he would order a surge of U.S. troops – perhaps 15,000 or more – to Afghanistan as soon as he reached the White House.

‘The terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 are still at large and plotting,’ he said, echoing Mr. Bush’s oft-repeated refrain.”

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By IMax, May 2, 2012 at 4:02 am Link to this comment

For decades Mr. Obama sounded like most here on TruthDig.  Over the course of the last three years he has gradually acted in ways which look a great deal different.  This begs the question, what is it that changed in his thinking?  Has President Obama been “gotten to” by the MIC?  Or does the world look a great deal different while ‘Occupying’ the Oval office?

We must deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.

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By Blueokie, May 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment

“For proof of his sincerity….....the major war that didn’t hold his interest or support”.  Seriously truthdig, do you think we don’t remember how Obamafraud did everything he could to extend the war, until the Iraqis insisted the MIC would not get carte blanche and total immunity and that the U.S. had to honor the agreement signed by his guru, George W. Bush?  Or 2009 when he had the perfect opportunity to end the madness, he, instead, chose to double down on the war in Afghanistan?

How can you put something like that out and expect your readers not to think someone thinks someone else is stupid?

Anyone who can think this mendacious politician has any shred of credibility is in need of stronger meds.

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By James Eric Fuller, May 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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How long before Karzai bids farewell to Afghanistan with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the footsteps of Nguyen Van Thieu?

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By vector56, May 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

“Right On Brother!”

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By gerard, May 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

Blah! Blah! Too bad not to believe in this guy, who is probably nice and “means well” but, like America, is hollowed out by failed conscience and fear. Four years ago I thought he might be the hope of the world.  I wonder how many of these politicians realize that I’m very far from alone, and that democracy has to have a major overhaul in order to recover from the ravages of the military industrial complex. Occupy the Future! for the sake of young people and children everywhere.

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