Keith Olbermann Blasts President Obama’s Afghanistan Decision

On his MSNBC program Countdown tonight, host Keith Olbermann delivered a brutal critique against President Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. He concluded, “So, much of the change for which you were elected, Sir, has thus far been understandably, if begrudgingly, tabled, delayed, made more open-ended.”

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Olbermann offered some advice for Obama, “You should survey the dismal array of options in front of you — even the orders given out last night — sort them into the unacceptable, the unsuccessful, and the merely un-palatable, and then put your arm down on the table and wipe the entire assortment of them off your desk — off this nation’s desk — and into the scrap heap of history.”

He called the US military an occupying force, “But poll after poll, and anecdote after anecdote, of the reality of public opinion inside Afghanistan is that its residents believe we are fighting Afghanistan. That we, Sir, have become an occupying force. Yes: if we leave, Afghanistan certainly will have an occupying force, whether it’s from Pakistan, or consisting of foreign fighters who will try to ally themselves with the Taliban.”

Here is how he described Obama’s exit strategy, President Obama will be presenting an exit strategy for Afghanistan. The exit strategy that begins by entering still further. Lose to win, sink to swim, escalate to disengage. And even this disconnect of fundamental logic is predicated on the assumption that once the extra troops go in, when the President says “okay, time for adult swim, Generals, time to get out of the pool and bring the troops with you,” that the Pentagon is just going to say “Yeppers.”

He concluded by stressing the left is running out of patience with Obama, “So, much of the change for which you were elected, Sir, has thus far been understandably, if begrudgingly, tabled, delayed, made more open-ended. But patience ebbs, Mr. President. And while the first one thousand key decisions of your presidency were already made about the economy, the first public, easy-to-discern, mouse-or-elephant kind of decision comes tomorrow night at West Point at eight o’clock.”

Olbermann is completely wrong on every count. He offered lots of reasons to leave Afghanistan, but he didn’t discuss what would happen once the U.S. left. The Taliban is waiting the United States out, and as soon as Uncle Sam leaves, they will seize control of the country. You remember the Taliban don’t you, Mr. Olbermann? They were the reason why al-Qaeda was able to make Afghanistan their base of operations.

He is also neglecting to consider the political fallout here in the United States, if the military pulled out of Afghanistan. The Republicans would certainly use a withdrawal against Obama and the Democrats, and God forbid if al-Qaeda attacks the US again after the troops leave Afghanistan, because, justified or not, Obama’s Afghanistan decision will be blamed.

Keith Olbermann isn’t interested in discussing the issue of what do in Afghanistan in any depth. Instead, he is only interesting in providing his liberal audience with more red meat. This is why Olbermann is no different than Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. Obviously, the solution is not to stay in Afghanistan forever, but Olbermann’s shortsighted advice would only lead to failure both in Afghanistan and political defeat for the Democratic Party.

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6 Replies to “Keith Olbermann Blasts President Obama’s Afghanistan Decision”

  1. Looks like even Keith “I got a thrill up my leg” Olbermann is waking up from the Obama-flavored Kool-aid he apparently overdosed on last year. Welcome to the nightmare reality of President Obama Keith.

  2. You can count Olbermann as among many of the lefties who thought Obama was going to do everything they ever wanted. I think Obama is making the right move here. As far as the above comment stating that the Obama presidency has been a nightmare, that is just laughable. The previous eight years were a national nightmare. Obama is doing nothing more than trying to clean up Bush’s mess.

  3. Chris Cuomo just tweeted about US folks feeling left out…
    couldn’t say who I trusted with #hcr when VP asked today,
    but can’t even imagine how
    Aghans feel now.

    Remember the US fought on the side of the Taliban
    against the Russians
    but oops now we’re fighting against them, rumors
    swirl that Bush might have allowed Bin Laden to escape to justify
    invading Iraq were there were no wmd, an old YouTube video has Bhutto
    claiming Bin Laden was murdered.

    I’ll end with #musicmonday “Help” Beatles

  4. In Iraq, it was because Sadaam wanted Europe and China to start paying him in Euros, which would have destabilized the U.S. dollar as the standard currency for oil. Well, that and Bush-Cheney wanted to control the oil to keep the price high; Supposedly Sadaam was planning to flood the market with cheap oil and rebuild his “empire”.

    In Afghanistan, it’s all about the gas and oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea to Pakistan. You see, the Iranians already HAVE their section built, but the nasty old Taliban keeps disrupting the construction of OUR seciton of the pipeline! That and all that beautiful OPIUM production which has TRIPLED since we invaded, MUST be protected at ANY cost!

  5. 1) The Bush administration made such a mess of the United States’ involvement in the Afghanistan that we really have no viable options left.

    2) Any decision Obama makes will lead to failure. If we leave, we fail to contain the Taliban and Islamic extremism — and face the implications of that for the region’s existing nukes and nuke wannabes. If we stay, we continue to squander billions of dollars on what appears to be an unwinnable war while we run up huge deficits and fail to address the nation’s shameful healthcare system because we can’t afford to. Not to mention the fact that we continue to fuel anti-Americanism among Muslims.

    3) So choose your poison. Will lives be lost if the Taliban regains control of Afghanistan? Yes. Will lives be lost if the U.S. stays in Afghanistan and allows millions of its citizens to continue without healthcare? Yes. Since all options are bad and will lead to failure, we would be best to fail by ceasing our outrageous spending on making war and instead spend it on our domestic needs.

    Olbermann had it right, but as usual his raving made him sound like a crank.

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