Why not withdraw armed forces from Afghanistan? There must be many reasons. But first, follow the money. Lots of wealth for lots of individuals has been made because of the post-9/11 wars.
Begin with the still-unsolved September 11 crime, which had been almost predicted, and apparently hoped for, by the PNAC signers of "Rebuilding America's Defenses", nearly half of whom went on to jobs in the Bush Administration.
Rumsfeld and Feith and Woldowitz to Defense, Cheney in the White House, Perle at the Pentagon, etc.
Just in time to act out what had been written out and signed by them a year or two earlier.
Afghanistan has the main poppy crop, yes? Plants with morphine.
Funny coincidence...The past few years there has been lots of press about the new or rather growing heroin addiction problem here in the States.
There is lots of money in the opium business. It is also just about as important (as a strategic resource) as coal, petroleum, water, or arable land to a society, because of its place in medicine.
Whoever holds the drugs crops, the fuel crops, the mineral resources, the water supplies, and so forth, rules the world. Or his wife does.
The thing is, if the U.S. didn't do it, maybe someone else would have.
I mean, go steal everything not nailed down and kill countless human beings in a kind of genocidal semi-extermination campaign, a campaign that seems to have little to do with guilt or innocence in the victims.
Maybe those victims are killed for practice- to prepare for the third world war- the "Big One"- with China, or Russia, or all the Muslims in the world, or all combined.
It would make a certain kind of sense to practice on the smaller nations, in order to perfect the air war, in particular the drone war systems, to work out the bugs, towards the end of achieving "full spectrum dominance" of any area, or any people, in the world.
If the U.S. didn't do this heinous process, isn't it possible that another nation would, if it could? So the PNAC guys were not idiots, but what some would call hard-headed realists.
I don't know if good can come out of evil, or if it comes despite evil. Maybe some final result fifty or a hundred years from now will prove the neocons right.
Here is another factor- one that that is not discussed enough, because of political correctness.
In three words: "Book of Revelation".
Moving on...As for Obama not getting out, does anyone believe he can make that decision? And if he can, what forces might be against him?
I don't think we are really sure who killed JFK in 1963. I mean, we the people.
Someone, somewhere, does know, but I don't.
Suppose Kennedy had been killed because of his intention to end the Vietnam War? I'm not claiming that is true, because I don't know, but a lot of people sincerely believe it. That would send Mr. Obama a message, if true.
Maybe that's too wild an idea. But even if it is, anyone can see that the juggernaut that is the military-industrial complex is so big, and has so much momentum, that a president, or anyone else, is only like an ant in front of a steamroller.
The smart choice is to not let it squash you. No one can have courage if he is dead. You don't want to play chicken with that rolling monster.
It stops for no one. And maybe it has taken on a life of its own, like a monster from a story, at last. Maybe its human makers cannot control it anymore, and so it becomes a Frankenstein as well as a juggernaut.
This is all just speculation (probably inspired by coffee) from a rank amateur about foreign policy.
It's just how this one citizen, ranting on his computer soapbox, sees the situation.