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  •  "Tomorrow marks the end of the surge (5+ / 0-)
    ...in Afghanistan, as the last of the 30,000 troops President Obama ordered to Afghanistan in November 2009 return home. Soon, only about 68,000 American troops will remain in Afghanistan, and come mid-November, ISAF Commander Gen. John Allen will make recommendations to Obama about how much of that force should remain in the country through next year. Much of the remaining conventional combat power will work in eastern Afghanistan and with Afghan units. The jury is still very much out on what the surge accomplished and what it didn't. And its effects won't fully be felt for many months. There are still pockets of violence where surge troops operated, and it is still far from clear if the Afghan National Security Forces will be able to step up to create a sustainable piece.
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    A very sad error in judgement.


    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

    by Pluto on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 03:55:20 PM PDT

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    •  What has this "focus" on Afghan. accomplished? n/t (4+ / 0-)
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      Except to increase combat deaths, increase corruption.

      One of the few things a majority of people in this country agree on is that we're sick and tired of wars and being the worlds' police.

      •  What's more... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...we're sick and tired of wars and being the worlds' police.
        The world is sick unto death of the United States poking its guns into places where it is not welcome.

        And, now the Pacific Pivot is underway -- to keep the hungry maw of Our Defense Cartels fed.

        This will not turn out well for the US.


        A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. -- Groucho Marx

        by Pluto on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:17:38 PM PDT

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    •  "the next six months will be critical" n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:44:01 PM PDT

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