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  •  Yes, there will be still be combat missions (2+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward, DeadHead
    Taken as a whole, the document describes a basic U.S.-Afghan exchange. Afghanistan would allow Washington to operate military bases to train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda after the current mission ends in 2014.
    Richard Engel, whom I hope we all can agree knows what he's talking about, wrote a terrific article.  It explains a lot.

    This is simply just not true:

    We WILL be out of Afghanistan with military operations next year -- the American public will demand it (possibly some training non-combatant troops will remain
    And where exactly are we getting the money from for this:
    KABUL – While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.

    The wide-ranging document, still unsigned by the United States and Afghanistan, has the potential to commit thousands of American troops to Afghanistan and spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

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