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Mon May 8, 2017, 08:00 PM

U.S. poised to expand military effort against Taliban in Afghanistan

Source: The Washington Post



By Missy Ryan and Greg Jaffe May 8 at 6:30 PM

President Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers have proposed a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban.

The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said.

The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The new strategy, which has the backing of top Cabinet officials, would authorize the Pentagon, not the White House, to set troop numbers in Afghanistan and give the military far broader authority to use airstrikes to target Taliban militants. It would also lift Obama-era restrictions that limited the mobility of U.S. military advisers on the battlefield.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-poised-to-expand-military-effort-against-taliban-in-afghanistan/2017/05/08/356c4930-33fa-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.9003bb96d0b6&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-world%252Bnation&wpmk=1

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DonViejo May 2017 OP
BumRushDaShow May 2017 #1
Matthew28 May 2017 #2
winstars May 2017 #3
dalton99a May 2017 #4
joanbarnes May 2017 #5
turbinetree May 2017 #6
Kablooie May 2017 #7
Abu Pepe May 2017 #8
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon May 8, 2017, 08:15 PM

1. Back to the quagmire of the Taliban

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon May 8, 2017, 08:34 PM

2. how stupid

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon May 8, 2017, 08:58 PM

3. They might as well dig up the body of General Westmoreland and put him in charge!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon May 8, 2017, 09:32 PM

4. Anything to distract from Russia

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon May 8, 2017, 09:49 PM

5. Wag that puppy Putin lover!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon May 8, 2017, 10:59 PM

6. Really.............................


We have spent over 3 trillion from our treasury on this escapade, and they now want to "expand" the bill coming due, that was placed on a credit card, and no "DRAFT" FU



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 12:35 AM

7. For ... no ... reason ... at ... all.

Except to distract from actual crimes.

What would the US get out of it?
Nothing!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 02:24 AM

8. Operation Change the Subject nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 04:00 AM

9. Where's the plan to cut off the funding and aid that Putin is providing to the Taliban?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 02:38 PM

10. Is this part of Putin's revenge for our actions in the 1980s?

A sirene song murmured into Rump's ear?

Our two oldest grandsons are 11.

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