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  •  Obama... (4+ / 0-)

    stated he'd do this when he was running for President.  He was never shy about his plans for increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan nor his belief that he had the right to go into Pakistan after those deemed a threat.

    “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” - Plato

    by Senor Frog on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 11:52:25 AM PDT

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    •  That doesn't justify it at all. (5+ / 0-)

      How many lives were lost in the last decade or so, just so Democrats could pretend to be as "tough" as the abhorrent Republicans?

    •  Yeah I know, and it's the lamest defense for what (2+ / 0-)
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      he did.  It's "You can't hold him accountable for doing this awful thing because he promised he would do it."   John McCain promised to do some awful things too, but that wouldn't have relieved him of the burden of guilt for having done them.

    •  He. Did. Not. state he'd TRIPLE the force. (1+ / 0-)
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      Reality based and all that.  Aug 17, 2009:

      The US-led war to rid Afghanistan of the Taliban Islamist militia is soon to enter its ninth year. Currently 62,000 US troops are on the ground there, and Obama is set to deploy an additional 6,000 by the end of the year.

      So #notallwomen is cool here. Who knew? Ahh, the New Big Tent...

      by JVolvo on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 03:01:20 PM PDT

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      •  There were only 32,000 in country when Obama took (1+ / 0-)
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        office in January, 2009.   The reinforcements were sent in two waves.  The first was announced in March, 2009.  It consisted of 34,000.   Along with the later wave the number eventually topped 100K.  Oddly the entire Democratic Party seems to have developed amnesia about the first wave though they do seem to remember the second wave, but they don't like to talk about either of them.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

        •  Oh, bummer dude. I had gotten my time point (1+ / 0-)
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          wrong, therefor troop # wrong.  And things are even worse.  

          In Oct 2008 Candidate Obama was still stating adding 2-3  brigades to the good war (one being a Stryker brigade).

          US Army infantry brigade: 3,300 troops
          2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade: 7,000 troops
          US Army Stryker brigade: 3,900 troops    
          Soooo at most @ 14,200 troops.

          Bummer, folks:

          According to the Congressional Research Service, there were 32,800 U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan in January 2009, when Obama entered office. In February 2009, the U.S. deployment increased to 35,900. By December 2009, the U.S. forces in Afghanistan had increased to 69,000. And, by September 2010, they had increased to 98,000.
          So that 2-3 brigade increase he campaigned on?  
          Yeah, not so much.

          So #notallwomen is cool here. Who knew? Ahh, the New Big Tent...

          by JVolvo on Wed Jun 11, 2014 at 05:22:42 PM PDT

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