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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:02 AM
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Former Sen. George McGovern says Obama should reconsider U.S. military build-up in Afghanistan
Jan 24 2009 5:57AM


MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) President Obama has said he wants to pay more military attention to Afghanistan, but one of his key South Dakota supporters wants him to change course.

Former Sen. George McGovern of Mitchell says Obama should reconsider a U.S. military build-up in Afghanistan and remove troops and bases throughout the Middle East.

McGovern says the new president should implement a five-year "time-out" on war and increase efforts to feed children in poor countries. He says flexing military muscle only fuels hatred of America adding that he thinks the U.S. should minimize, not increase, its military presence in countries thought to produce terrorists.

His suggestions were posted this week on The Washington Post's Web site.


http://www.kxmb.com/News/323728.asp
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:04 AM
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1. i agree with mr. mcgovern....afghanistan = clusterfuck
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:06 AM
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4. Canada and other NATO allies don't want anything to do with it.
We will be going alone. No one wants to send more troops except Obama.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:21 AM
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6. Ditto! This is One George Worth Listening To!
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:05 AM
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2. I am really bothered by Obama's Afghanistan approach.
More troops, drone strike in Pakistan, to what end?

He inherited a mess there, and the best thing to do would be to get out.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:06 AM
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3. What an excellent idea!
Maybe the five year "time out" on war could be extended forever.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:09 AM
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5. that is right on
moratorium on war!
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:14 AM
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7. Agreed. There is no reason to protect the poppy fields for GHWBush.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:32 AM
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9. the Baltimore Sun had a report today looking at future plans for Afghanistan
Obama administration working out Afghanistan strategy

The Obama White House, in concert with the State Department and the Pentagon, is crafting a new strategy for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan, a process that is not complete, officials said.

Key parts of the new strategy will deal with narcotics and the sanctuaries problem.


"Clearly, we have to go after the drug labs and the drug lords that provide support to the Taliban and other insurgents," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said this week.

In a news briefing Thursday at the Pentagon, Gates said he has authorized combat commanders in Afghanistan to attack narcotics facilities "if we have evidence that the drug labs and drug lords are supporting the Taliban." If there is such evidence, Gates said, "then they are fair game."

But it was unclear whether battalion commanders have the time and resources to assemble such evidence before launching counter-drug operations.

Asked whether he thought the current strategy is sufficient to deal with the drug problem, Gates replied: "We'll see."


read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-te.afghan24...
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:16 AM
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8. Well, with Obama (hopefully) pulling us out of Iraq,
He's got to keep his corporate masters in the military industrial complex happy somehow, so it looks like he'll keep the war going and going in Afghanistan.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:35 AM
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10. Afghanistan is lost- the sooner we realize it the better
McGovern is right...
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