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  •  Still 68000 troops, over 113000 mercs (4+ / 0-)

    in Afghanistan.

    Our longest war, costing some 2 BILLION DOLLARS a week, and the loss of so many lives, and the war rages on now in its 12th year.

    Sometime in November General Allen will issue his report on "troop status"

    And so you know Panetta remains optimistic!

    the path forward is dotted with question marks:

    • Will Afghanistan's security forces be capable of holding off the Taliban on their own? Afghan forces outnumber the Taliban by more than 10 to 1, but currently not a single Afghan army battalion is capable of operating in the field without American advisers.
    • If the Afghan forces falter, will the U.S. extend its stay or send in reinforcements to avoid a Taliban takeover?
    • Will the U.S.-led military coalition hold together even as France and others dash for the exits in coming months?
    • Will enough Afghans come to embrace the corrupt government in Kabul as a preferred alternative to the militant Taliban?
    • Will the Afghans manage a peaceful transfer of power after a presidential election scheduled for 2014, in which President Hamid Karzai cannot run again?
    BUT..........U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who championed the additional American troops, remains optimistic.

    "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 28, 2012 at 08:37:41 AM PDT

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