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  •  We can't really withdraw early from Afghanistan (0+ / 0-)

    because it would entail a significant risk that what is now an orderly withdrawal would turn into a chaotic retreat.

    International Security Force Afghanistan is a coalition of about 50 nations, so it is a complex withdrawal scenario already.  Furthermore, ISAF troops have not yet completed the higher-level training of the Afghan Security Forces.  They have clearly mapped-out goals as the transition proceeds and too quick of a transition could endanger the success of the transition in its entirety.  And it's probably not a matter of chance that full transition does not take place until the corrupt, Bush-appointed Karzai has been replaced as President of Afghanistan in 2014, when he reaches his term limit.

    I trust the President's judgement over Lynn Woolsey's on this.

    The fact that ISAF casualties have dropped for the second year straight and are at the lowest levels that they have been since 2008 supports the Obama Admin's stance on Afghanistan.  

    We obviously shouldn't be there too much longer, but an orderly, successful transition and withdrawal sure beats a chaotic withdrawal.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:00:35 AM PST

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