President Obama promised to end the war in Afghanistan by 2014, and it seems like he is on track to do so. But what has he accomplished in the intervening time?
In the last year, Taliban attacks have grown in frequency by 47%. About 30% of the Afghan army deserts every year. The casualty rate for Afghan security officials has increased by 40%.
The Obama administration has not created any clear strategy to exit our forces from Afghanistan, leading to chaotic situations like the April 1 attack on a NATO convoy removing equipment from the country. Obama’s vaunted surge in 2009 has led to double the troops in Afghanistan now than there were under President George W. Bush, but — by most every measure — the operation has been a complete failure.