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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:54 PM

 

Senate Republican leader wants 10,000 troops in Afghanistan

Source: Reuters

http://r.m.yahoo.com/api/res/1.2/Vl7nMMKn9j0YlZX3myuxSQ--/Zmk9Zml0O2g9MTgwO3c9MjQw/

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he thinks that 10,000 U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when President Barack Obama wants to withdraw most combat troops.

McConnell has just finished a visit to Afghanistan with a small group of his fellow Republican senators, his seventh trip there in the past decade.

"I think we're going to need a minimum of about 10,000 troops here to provide adequate training and counterterrorism in the post-2014 period. And we anticipate there'll be forces from other countries who will remain here beyond 2014 as well," McConnell told reporters on a conference call during a stop in Italy after leaving Afghanistan.

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The Obama administration has been considering a residual force of between 3,000 and 9,000 troops - far fewer than some U.S. commanders propose. Republicans had cautioned the administration against allowing anything other than conditions on the ground and security concerns to dictate the pace of the U.S. withdrawal.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/us-afghanistan-usa-senator-idUSBRE90D0YG2013

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UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #1
Pyrzqxgl Jan 2013 #2
Bozita Jan 2013 #3
rosesaylavee Jan 2013 #4
cstanleytech Jan 2013 #5
former9thward Jan 2013 #6
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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:58 PM

1. Thanks, General Mitch. Your two weeks in basic training

has really come in handy, hasn't it?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:59 PM

2. How about we get McConnell to lead them?

and he can take 10,000 Tea Party types. Then our troops can come home. Oh yes and let Republican money bags pay for it.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:59 PM

3. I suggest relatives of McTurtle fill as many of those 10,000 spots as possible

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:00 PM

4. Nope, that will just run up the deficit...

or is that not an issue when he proposes spending?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:09 PM

5. But werent you saying Sen. McConnell that we need to cut spending?

What happened to change your mind?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:13 PM

6. That is 10,000 too many.

All troops need to be withdrawn immediately. If the embassy can't be guarded with the standard Marine guard that other embassies have then shut it down.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:23 PM

7. So, when is he shipping out to war?

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