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As he justified sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion a year, President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.
A senior U.S. intelligence official told ABCNews.com the approximate estimate of 100 al Qaeda members left in Afghanistan reflects the conclusion of American intelligence agencies and the Defense Department. The relatively small number was part of the intelligence passed on to the White House as President Obama conducted his deliberations.
Originally posted by kozmo
reply to post by Ophiuchus13
You're probably correct - but again, if they cannot contain 100 "terrorists" what makes them think they can battle it out against what will amount to THOUSANDS of them - all better equipped and trained!?!?
Originally posted by jtma508
Oh this thread again. Must be recylce time.
Look, if you actually listened to the speech you would have learned that it isn't just about al queda. Let me pause to say that I voted Ron Paul specifically because I personally believe that we should pull our troops out. Period. But back to the speech and Gen McChrystal's troop request... it was about controlling tyhe Taliban and insurgesnts in general. Not about fighting al queda. The military, and consequently the administration, is concerned that an unstable Afghanistan will provide refuge for insurgency that can negatively affect the security in the US. Obama takes the time to do a full assessment and the right accuses him of ditheriung and having no balls. He goes with the military's profesional judgement and he gets hung-out on entirely specious arguments like this one.
Originally posted by Snarf
i'd like to know how they came up wtih "100 al qaeda"??
Did they go knocking cave to cave and say "are you with Al Qaeda?"
Or did some internet nut job just pull a number out of his ass and call it truth?
Im going with the latter.