Last night Barack Obama anounced that the US would not build a permanent base in Afghanistan. That would be a bad thing.
Third, we are building an enduring partnership. The agreement we signed today sends a clear message to the Afghan people: as you stand up, you will not stand alone. It establishes the basis of our cooperation over the next decade, including shared commitments to combat terrorism and strengthen democratic institutions. It supports Afghan efforts to advance development and dignity for their people. And it includes Afghan commitments to transparency and accountability, and to protect the human rights of all Afghans – men and women, boys and girls.
Within this framework, we will work with the Afghans to determine what support they need to accomplish two narrow security missions beyond 2014: counter-terrorism and continued training. But we will not build permanent bases in this country, nor will we be patrolling its cities and mountains. That will be the job of the Afghan people.
The leftist logic here, of course, is that the terrorists hate us because we have US bases in the region. Once America pulls its troops and all trace of intervention, then the Taliban will love us and we will have peace.
Last night the Taliban bombed Kabul two hours after Obama flew home.
It’s America’s fault.