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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:42 PM
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McCaskill " ...NATO folks"
Speaking with Rachel Maddow just now, she called NATO people in Afghanistan "folks".

Are they mostly troops or humanitarian workers?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:47 PM
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1. I really liked McCaskill tonight, and agree with her. She's honest.
I want to know 'the mission', too. Claire made sense.

And I think Maddow's program is the bomb! It gets better and better.

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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:48 PM
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2. But do you know if the NATO work is mostly military in nature?
I don't know where to find out and hope someone here knows.

I'm sure Senator McCaskill appreciates your support.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:59 PM
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5. Check this out...

Afghanistan seeks control over NATO deployments


By JASON STRAZIUSO and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writers Jason Straziuso And Amir Shah, Associated Press Writers Tue Jan 20, 2:39 pm ET

Afghans cautious about prospect for change under Obama. Play Video AFP


KABUL, Afghanistan The Afghan government has sent NATO headquarters a draft agreement that would give Afghanistan more control over future NATO deployments in the country including the positioning of some U.S. troops, officials said Tuesday.

The draft technical agreement would put into place rules of conduct for NATO-led troops in Afghanistan and the number of additional NATO troops and their location would have to be approved by the Afghan government.

The agreement an attempt by Afghanistan to gain more control over international military operations would also prohibit NATO troops from conducting any searches of Afghan homes, according to a copy of the draft obtained by The Associated Press.

more...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_re_as/as_afgh...

All kinds of stories and opinions out there...

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=nato+in+afghanista...
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:05 PM
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6. I found details at the NATO site, too, see my post #4
Thanks for the links.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:51 PM
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3. I can't help you with a link, but most the NATO references I hear WRT Afghanistan ......
..... strongly imply they're military/peacekeeping.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:54 PM
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4. Thanks, I'll keep looking to learn what kind of "folks" are actually involved
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 08:58 PM by eleny
Edit: I think this is the most recent info. http://www.nato.int/ISAF/topics/mandate/index.html

Yes, military. And that's what McCaskill ought to have called it/them. "Military" not "folks". I hate a soft soap.
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