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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-06-09 04:03 PM
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Gates: "Exit Afghanistan in 2011? Just Kidding, Chumps!"
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Perhaps only a handful of American troops will be leaving Afghanistan in July 2011, the date President Obama has set to begin a gradual withdrawal, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

We will have 100,000 forces, troops there, Mr. Gates said on ABCs This Week, and they are not leaving in July of 2011. Some, handful, or some small number, or whatever the conditions permit, will begin to withdraw at that time.

I dont consider this an exit strategy, he continued, This is a transition. He said it would begin in less-contested parts of Afghanistan before expanding to the most obdurate Taliban strongholds, largely in the south and east.

The White House used appearances on the Sunday talk programs to convey that the deadline would mark the start, not the end, of troop withdrawal. 2011 is not a cliff, its a ramp, Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, said.

Gates Calls July 2011 the Beginning, Not End, of Afghan Withdrawal

How many times does Lucy need to yank the football before Charlie Brown learns? This all has become more predictable than a Republican voting "nay".
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