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Pentagon: Wait Till Fall 2012 to End Afghanistan Surge

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posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 09:55 PM
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online.wsj.com...


WASHINGTON—The military is asking President Barack Obama to hold off on ending the Afghanistan troop surge until the fall of 2012, in a proposal that would keep a large portion of the 33,000 extra forces in the country through the next two warm-weather fighting seasons.



The military seeks to avoid a scenario in which large numbers of troops are pulled out during the heaviest period of militant activity next year, just as it hopes to be focusing on the violent eastern provinces bordering Pakistan.



The plan would also allow Mr. Obama to offer a war-weary electorate a substantial troop withdrawal around the same time he is asking for another four years in office.



Military officials say the November 2012 presidential election schedule has nothing to do with their recommendations, though they acknowledge that political considerations could affect Mr. Obama's decision. They say their only consideration is to maximize the pressure on the Taliban.


First they say we need to stay in Iraq longer even though we were supposed to leave by the end of this year, and now they want to wait even longer in Afghanistan. Plus, what are the odds that the want to pull out the surge troops right near elections?




posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 10:02 PM
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They can't pull them out yet, we still haven't hit Iran and Syria!
Besides if we did pull out who would guard the poppy fields and the oil fields?



posted on Jun, 20 2011 @ 10:15 PM
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Exactly what I thought when it said 33,000 extra forces will be there for at least the next two warm seasons. They need two more good growing seasons to raise enough opium to start the next war and that's probably the time it will take to mine all the Lithium.
edit on 20-6-2011 by TheLieWeLive because: (no reason given)



 
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