The more National Security Adviser Jim Jones runs his mouth, the more of a political tool he reveals himself to be. He angled for the VP job. He spent Sunday on a couple of shows spouting flagrant untruths, or calling his boss a liar. Sad. First we have the President discussing the situation in Afghanistan this February.
There is no more solemn duty as President than the decision to deploy our armed forces into harm’s way. I do it today mindful that the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan demands urgent attention and swift action. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al Qaeda supports the insurgency and threatens America from its safe-haven along the Pakistani border......This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires.
Barack Obama in August talking about his new strategy for Afghanistan to the VFW.
By moving forward in Iraq, we're able to refocus on the war against al Qaeda and its extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That's why I announced a new, comprehensive strategy in March -- a strategy that recognizes that al Qaeda and its allies had moved their base from the remote, tribal areas -- to the remote, tribal areas of Pakistan. This strategy acknowledges that military power alone will not win this war -- that we also need diplomacy and development and good governance. And our new strategy has a clear mission and defined goals: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies......
As I said when I announced this strategy, there will be more difficult days ahead. The insurgency in Afghanistan didn't just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget: This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a -- this is fundamental to the defense of our people.
Now a guy who claims to never play politics, totally playing politics to provide cover for the upcoming attempts to cut and run.
Adviser downplays threat of renewed al-Qaida haven
"I don't foresee the return of the Taliban. Afghanistan is not in imminent danger of falling," Jones said. "The al-Qaida presence is very diminished. The maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country, no bases, no ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies."
Seriously, Sad. Welcome to the John Murtha Disgraced Marines Club.
"I don't play politics, and I certainly don't play it with national security, neither does anyone else I know," Jones said on CNN. "I can assure you that the president of the United States is not playing to any political base."
"The good news that Americans should at least feel good about is that the al-Qaeda presence is very diminished. The problem is the next step in this is the sanctuaries across the border," Jones told CNN. "But I don't foresee the return of the Taliban and I want to be clear that Afghanistan is not in imminent danger of falling."
Seriously, sad. February to August to October, a couple of months, a couple of defeats for the administration's domestic agenda, a time to play politics with our troops. If we follow the Biden/Magic ninja plan and abandon Afghanistan does anyone believe the Taliban won't fill that vacuum? Does anyone think things have gotten better in A-Stan since Obama made those remarks? Does anyone believe Jones believes what he says? I don't.