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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 02:54 AM
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Obama Considers Scaled-Down Afghan War Plan.
Source: nyt/ap

President Barack Obama is considering a scaled-down version of the war plan advanced by his top Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. officials say.

Such a narrowed military mission would increase American forces to accomplish the commander's broadest goals of protecting Afghan cities and key infrastructure. But with fewer troops, the strategy likely would cut back on McChrystal's ambitious objectives, amounting to what one official described as ''McChrystal Light.''



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/10/29/us/politics/...
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 03:11 AM
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1. At least, he's learning.
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Tx4obama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 03:19 AM
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2. Our troops in Afghanistan...
Our troops in Afghanistan out number the enemy 12 to 1.
We don't need more troops there, we need better strategies to use the troops that are already there.
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Born Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 03:55 AM
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3. Afghanistan vs heatlh care
The idea behind all the war is to protect Americans, we spend unlimited amounts of money and lives in hopes that it prevents the terrorists from coming to America and killing Americans and the GOP noise machine makes it priority number one, must do it now, must not wait ,must not consider any consequences other than there may be another 911 attack if we don't do it NOW. Yet far more Americans live in terror and far more die from lack of health care while the GOP says , we need to wait , we need to slow down, we need to take it easy, we need to protect the status quo of the insurance industry profits. I don't have the answers but it seems to me the American people need to understand there is more of a threat of pain,suffering and even dying to many Americans because of our current health care system than the situation in Afghanistan.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 04:39 AM
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4. "the president has not settled on any new troop numbers"
The next paragraph.

Senior White House officials Wednesday stressed, however, that the president has not settled on any new troop numbers and continues to debate other strategic approaches to the 8-year-old Afghanistan war. The officials say Obama has not yet settled on the narrowed option or any other as his final choice for how to overhaul the war effort.
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/10/29/us/politics/...

This isn't really news, though. We've known for a while that he's considering several options.


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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 05:22 AM
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5. I have misgivings about this "middle way". The more prudent choice
is to decide a goal. Is Victory Achievable within a reasonable period
of time?? A ten-year plan is a no go???


Either go in with strong numbers once and for all.

OR

Just start the draw down and end the war in Afganistan.

This middling approach has echos of Viet Nam.

Our Troops are growing weary.
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