Feb 19, 2009
It's official, well almost: Today, Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted to close a key U.S. air base in the country — a move that could certainly hamper Obama's efforts to increase the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, assuming the hope hocker doesn't completely sell out and try to strike a deal with Uzbekistan, a country well known for its love of human rights (that's me being sarcastic).
Deputies voted 78-1 for the government-backed bill to cancel the lease agreement on the Manas air base, a transit point for 15,000 troops and 500 tons of cargo each month to and from Afghanistan. Two deputies abstained. Whoever "1" is, he is totally badass or is pretty funny.
If President Bakiyev signs the bill and Kyrgyz authorities issue an eviction notice, the United States will have 180 days to vacate the base. That's 6 months. We have 6 months to eliminate terrorism and establish democracy in Afghanistan. 1-2-3 GO!