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    allenjo, joanneleon, aliasalias

    thanks for dropping by and supporting my diary today!

    joanneleon pointed out this article to me today:

    Afghanistan War: U.S. Troop Presence After 2014 May Total 10,000

    The White House is considering a plan to leave around 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    According to the report, Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, has proposed to keep between 6,000 and 15,000 U.S. troops in the country following the end of combat operations in 2014. The plan would significantly differ from the way the U.S. approached its withdrawal from Iraq -- where America's complete withdrawal has often been blamed for instability.

    The New York Times reports that Gen. Allen is expected to submit his plan to draw down the 66,000 American troops who are currently stationed in the country as one of his last acts as top commander in Afghanistan.

    The WSJ report explains that according to the new plan, Americans who remain in Afghanistan after 2014 would conduct training and counterterrorism programs with Afghan soldiers. Any presence by Americans in Afghanistan past 2014 would require the approval of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, though Karzai likely wants U.S. troops to fall under the jurisdiction of Afghan court. Similar demands led to the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

    which basically says to me that the president is in no hurry and has no interest in a full withdrawl from afghanistan. my guess is like with iraq, obama will be negotiating until the last minute to keep troops deployed, despite claims that he wants to disengage.  we will only really get out of afghanistan if karzai kicks us out, unless, of course, obama decides to replace him with a more compliant puppet.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:26:42 PM PST

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