This year, President Barack Obama will be facing the lowest approval rating he has ever had throughout his presidency. This can be directly related to the utter debacle that was Obamacare’s initial roll out and the technical disaster of the website. Just as Obama’s PR team is attempting to get a handle on damage control, they have another looming disaster that is on the horizon. That horizon is the promised 2014 pull out of American soldiers from Afghanistan. Obama promised to have all US combat soldiers removed rom Afghanistan by 2014. He made this point an essential part of his reelection campaign while he blasted Governor Mitt Romney on not having a definitive plan for withdrawing US Forces from Afghanistan.
If the recent reports out of Afghanistan are true, President Obama and Afghani President Hamid Karzai have hashed out an agreement that will have 10,000-16,000 US and NATO troops after the withdrawal of combat troopers. Although these soldiers will not be in an active combat role, such as patrolling cities and villages or hunting insurgents, it is still a significant amount of troops to be deployed in harms way. Many believe that this will ruin Obama’s credibility, amid an already abysmally low approval rating. Obama will need to scramble to save face, especially when troops are still in Afghanistan after 2014 and his political opponents begin to smell blood in the water. It is very dangerous for the leader of a country when the citizens cannot trust what they say. It will be very interesting to see how the White House PR team will react to this in the future.