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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-09-09 06:13 PM
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14. When a General says, it'll take 10 years, what he means is "It will take a long ass time
Edited on Mon Nov-09-09 06:18 PM by kenny blankenship
"and if I told you how long it could be, you would stop the conversation right then and there and all the troops would come home starting tomorrow and nobody in DC wants that, so what I'm telling you is 10 years."

The Pentagon plan for this is called the Long War and it is timelined out at 50 years. It doesn't involve just Afghanistan, so there's that to look forward to. It won't be 50 years just in Afghanistan. But since we are in Afghanistan in a special way that doesn't require us to ask permission from what we call the Afghan government, you can expect us to have a permanent presence there for the duration. We can move as many forces into Afghanistan as we like with no negotiation of basing rights or leases. That allows us to project power throughout the Central Asian region in a way that we can't get from any other country. We have bases all over the region but they're small and the local govts put limits on how many troops and demand money in exchange for letting us deploy there. Afghanistan is all ours.
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