I GUESS HE’S A BIG PICTURE GUY….Our wartime president demonstrates his keen grasp of the military operations he is overseeing in Afghanistan:
“We’ve got about 10,000 troops there, which is down from, obviously, major combat operations,” he said.
….In fact, the 10,000 troops in Afghanistan represent the highest number of U.S. soldiers in the country since the war there began. By the time the Taliban government had been vanquished in December 2001, U.S. troops numbered fewer than 3,000 in Afghanistan. And three months later, in March 2002, when the last major battle against remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda took place in eastern Afghanistan, about 5,000 U.S. troops were in the country.
As I recall, Howard Dean got pilloried for being about 10% off in his estimate of U.S. troop strength in Iraq. Do you think we’ll see the same reaction to the guy who actually is president for not even knowing if U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is up or down compared to a year ago?
No, I didn’t think so.