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  •  The US can leave Afghanistan as soon as there (3+ / 0-)
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    BigAlinWashSt, corvo, aliasalias

    is a trained force in place. I figure another five to ten years should do it.

    •  as they desert at will without penalty (2+ / 0-)
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      Claudius Bombarnac, aliasalias

      1 out 7 that we paid all those billions to train, desert, just walking off their posts, when they please,  it may be too optimistic.

      Cost just to train the Afghans now around 11 billion a year.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

      by allenjo on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 12:43:56 PM PDT

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      •  It's not been a complete waste. The Afghan (3+ / 0-)
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        allenjo, aliasalias, JesseCW

        government has supplied thousands of newly trained recruits to protect the hundreds of Chinese engineers and managers that are entering the country to work on the newly acquired oil and mineral rights.

        The Chinese have now started to send Afghans to China for military training in response to the US pull-out.

        Neither China nor the Afghan government will reimburse the US for training and protection.

        While the US fills coffins, China fills coffers.

        •  While the US fills coffins, China fills coffers (2+ / 0-)
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          Claudius Bombarnac, aliasalias

          If nothing more shows the absolute futility of continuing this "good war", it is that line, heartbreaking as it is, so sadly true.

          "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

          by allenjo on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 01:18:20 PM PDT

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