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Seen the light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:03 PM
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Looks like an Afghanistan escalation is coming soon
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/world/asia/24military...

BAGRAM, Afghanistan American military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Obamas chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operate across borders.

The commanders emphasized problems in southern Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents continue to bombard towns and villages with rockets despite a new influx of American troops, and in eastern Afghanistan, where the father-and-son-led Haqqani network of militants has become the main source of attacks against American troops and their Afghan allies.

The possibility that more troops will be needed in Afghanistan presents the Obama administration with another problem in dealing with a nearly eight-year war that has lost popularity at home, compounded by new questions over the credibility of the Afghan government, which has just held an as-yet inconclusive presidential election beset by complaints of fraud.

The assessments come as the top American commander in the country, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, has been working to complete a major war strategy review, and as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, described a worsening situation in Afghanistan despite the recent addition of 17,000 American troops ordered by the Obama administration and the extra security efforts surrounding the presidential election.


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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:06 PM
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1. I just love how the military folk talk about being able to "do their job"
which, of course, is killing people.

This is a horrible thing we're doing, and it will not end well.
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Seen the light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:23 PM
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3. It's incredible the mess Bush left this country in
I pray that Obama will wise up and stop the status quo of escalation after escalation.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:13 PM
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2. Time to cut our losses and protect our ports, borders, etc. ENOUGH NATION BUILDING! nt
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:46 PM
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4. Let's kill a wedding party of 12 people with a rocket...then wonder why they hate us?
C'mon Obama... You are better than Dick Cheney and Bush Boy. Grow Some Balls and quit this Bi-partisan bullshit....
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irislake Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:15 AM
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5. And it's all for that pipline for UNOCAL
and the drugs! But too bad for the folks who live there. They should know better than to have weddings.

Oh well ---- just as long as you Americans are safe.

Oh ---and I forgot -- you are keeping the rest of us safe too. As FOX points out incessantly. (If erroneously.)

God Bless America!

Thanks heaps!
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:41 AM
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6. +1 nt
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