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US may leave no troops
in Afghanistan, officials say

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/8/2013 7:00:04 PM

Washington - Administration officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that the U.S. might leave no American troops in Afghanistan after the end of combat in December 2014, an option that defies the view of Pentagon officials who say thousands of U.S. troops could be needed there to keep a lid on Al Qaeda and to strengthen the Afghan army and police. (Snip) Asked in a conference call with reporters whether zero was now an option, Rhodes said, "That would be an option we would consider." His statement comes just three days before Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Once again, 0bama will be taking victory away and rubbing defeat in our Military´s face. And with Karzai barely hanging on to his very limited power with Al Qaeda revamping around him. If J Fn´Kerry makes SOS, he´ll love this.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/8/2013 7:27:27 PM     (No. 9105923)

Yeah but, if there was ever a place deserving of no follow-up, Afghanistan is it.

"Better to return to orbit and nuke´m, it´s the only way to be sure" /Alien

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fobo, 1/8/2013 7:29:42 PM     (No. 9105926)

sorry to disagree with OP, whom I respect, but Afghanistan is a losing proposition. We should leave these people to their own devices and take care of things at home. This is not a war we can win (and how would we know if and when we´ve won?--and what have we won if we win?).

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Pearson365, 1/8/2013 7:39:29 PM     (No. 9105932)

May the good Lord watch over the 66,000 men and woman serving in a war that our Commander in Chief does not mention. Their willingness to risk life and limbs for this forgotten conflict is a sign of their commitment to our country and to each other.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ScrIbelus, 1/8/2013 8:29:30 PM     (No. 9105990)

Why, o why, would we leave hostages behind? Besides, they might get in the way of the carpet bombing of the poppy fields.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: philemon1967, 1/8/2013 8:57:05 PM     (No. 9106025)

Obama´s election and reelection may have been part of plans beyond human control.

The Middle East is shaping up to be a coalition of both state and non-state entities with one goal in common: to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

Psalm 83 talks of an inner ring of entities: Edom (Palestinians, S Jordan), Ismaelites (Arabians), Moab (Palestinians, Central Jordan), Ammon (Palestinians, N Jordan), Hagarenes (?Egyptians), Gebal (Hezbollah, Lebanon), Tyre (Hezbollah, S. Lebanon), Amalek (Sinai Palestinians), Philistia (Gaza Palestinians), Assyria (Arabs Syria, Iraq).

Ezekiel 38-39 talks of another outer ring of conspirators: Gog, Magog, Cush, Put, Tubal, Mesech, Persia, Beth Togarmah, Rosh. In the old days, people thought Rosh, Mesech and Tubal may have referred to Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk, but biblical scholars identify many of these in Turkey, the Islamic Caucassus, Afghanistan-Pakistan. The rest like Libya, Sudan, Iran are also identified. Looks like a reconstituted Roman empire is a myth when current events closer to the end starts to give form to the prophets´ visions.

I don´t think US troops in Afghanistan are going to change the fact that the whole of the Middle East is due for a very hot war very, very soon.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: reddfroge, 1/8/2013 10:54:00 PM     (No. 9106147)

we will be just like the Brits and the Ruskies...many years of blood and money with NOTHING to show for it....should have listened to Kipling.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 1/8/2013 11:06:45 PM     (No. 9106164)

Good gravy. Politics aside for one second please. Why would we want to keep any soldier in that fly blown, donkey stained, castle of scatology and hole in the earth? What for? We´ve been bellybutton deep in that pit of alligators for a decade now. Just because we´ve wasted immeasurable amounts of treasure trying turn a tribal society into Switzerland does not mean we should continue to be willfully and beligerantly ignorant in regard to history. Engage in some ratiocination before you reflexively critique the administration. It´s good for the soul and the mind and the body. One cogent thought is more powerful than a universe of emotive dissonance.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Objectivity, 1/8/2013 11:31:08 PM     (No. 9106200)

once again, the Democratic Party will just arbitrarily walk away leaving so many innocents who cooperated with the USA to their fate (especially Afghanistan) .... just like Vietnam.

And no one cares. That´s right .... for all the Sept 11 bluster by every ´patriot´ ....... when we have made inroads and gains worldwide to try and prevent another 9/11, the Amerikan people, cowed by the idiotic narrative of the stupid mainstream media and academia, will just quietly abandon everyone who has tried to help us the past decade.

Idiots ..... you will reap what you sow ....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Objectivity, 1/8/2013 11:47:58 PM     (No. 9106212)

everybody is conflating the issue of Afghanistan to give Team 44 and the Dem Party an easy out. This is too broad a topic but I am really surprised everyone is falling for the Afghanistan ´graveyard of empires´ thesis.

If we are not there (and we never really had that great a presence to begin with ... and Team 44 said it was the good war versus Iraq) then who or what is dealing with Iran´s proxies, the serious extremism in Pakistan, etc.

This is not an argument for major force commitment, but you do not walk away from gains because of public opinion whim that coincides with what Team 44 wants to do no matter ....

I cannot predict anything, but I can assure anyone that in some measure of time this will very rebound badly on the USA and western interests overall. And not because the Bush administration went in there in the first place either. Remember how Rumsfeld was crucified, by McCain no less, about keeping the footprint light? Of course not becasue history and memory are inconvenient. But then who cares .... stupidity begets more stupidity ...

And Israel will be a religous Disneyland UN mandate with no practical soveriegnty by 2020 .... Morsi has said this himself which the NYTimes and J Street embrace of course ... and I have no connection to Israel other than I see it for it is ...... a western outpost in a realm of borderline irrationality. Sorry followers of Google foreign affairs..... humanity is what it is ...no better or worse. And who should lift one finger to help Amerika after its record after Vietnam and now what is occurring in the Middel East.

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