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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:49 PM
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shocker!!! U.S. Military to Press for Slower Afghan Drawdown
WASHINGTON American military officials are building a case to minimize the planned withdrawal of some troops from Afghanistan starting next summer, in an effort to counter growing pressure on President Obama from inside his own party to begin winding the war down quickly.

With the administration unable yet to point to much tangible evidence of progress, Gen. David H. Petraeus, who assumed command in Afghanistan last month from Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, is taking several steps to emphasize hopeful signs on the ground that, he will argue, would make a rapid withdrawal unwise. Meanwhile, a rising generation of young officers, who have become expert over the past nine years in the art of counterinsurgency, have begun quietly telling administration officials that they need time to get their work done.

Their argument, said one senior administration official, who would not speak for attribution about the internal policy discussions, is that while weve been in Afghanistan for 9 years, only in the past 12 months or so have we started doing this right, and we need to give it some time and think about what our long-term presence in Afghanistan should look like.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signaled the military position recently when he said that the troop withdrawals next summer will be of fairly limited numbers. General Petraeus, who has kept a low profile for the past six weeks while conducting a countrywide assessment, is expected to amplify the message during the media offensive he will begin on Sunday, when he is to appear on NBCs Meet the Press. He is expected to underscore that the last of the 30,000 additional troops Mr. Obama ordered to Afghanistan last December will not arrive until later this month, and that the counterinsurgency strategy has not been given enough time to succeed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/world/asia/12policy.h...
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piratefish08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:50 PM
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1. well, color me surprised!
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:10 PM
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2. the military is in the business of war
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piratefish08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:12 PM
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3. and DC is in the business of keeping the war machine profitable.
or so it would seem.
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Barack2theFuture Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:14 PM
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4. good.
I think we should stay there until more Americans die there than did in Viet Nam. We should stay until the country is well and truly bankrupt.

That is our mission. Who's with me?
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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:16 PM
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5. I'm shocked
Why, who could have forseen this?
Of course, Obama would never agree to any of this. Right?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:17 PM
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7. we shall see
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mike r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:17 PM
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6. DynCorp & Xe need more taxpayer money
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:22 PM
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8. 'media offensive' from petraeus....so he's stumping AGAINST his CIC's policies?
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:24 PM
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9. Disney Boulevard was just built
They are pouring billions into expanding the air base ...

And yes they named the new street Disney Boulevard


WAR IS A RACKET.
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:28 PM
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10. More 'Change We Can Believe In' coming right up--Not
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:28 PM
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11. Maybe we could leave Afghanistan - by permanently stationing 50,000 troops there?
But you deranged, insatiable liberals would just say that was "a conjurer's trick" to pass off a re-branded permanent occupation as a withdrawal.
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