Posts Tagged ‘Afghan surge’

The Afghanistan Study Group outlined and refuted the myths misguiding the ‘Afghan debate’.

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via enduswars.org (h/t: Brad Spangler):

Under Obama-Pelosi-Reid, the US has already sent about 35,000 more troops into the Afghanistan graveyard of empires. Now, Obama is considering another round of re-enforcements—an Afghan surge expected to number about 40,000 additional GIs. But there is a real faction fight in the administration about whether to escalate. Obama is getting plenty of advice from the war party—from Petraeus, McChrystal, and Mullen. It is time Obama, Pelosi, and Reid heard a clear message from a resurgent antiwar movement demanding no escalation and an immediate pullout of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq, plus an immediate halt to Predator drone attacks and C.I.A. operations in the region.

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Jake Diliberto, founder of Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan, at Russia Today – 25 Nov 09 (4:53):

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Report from CNN (5:03):

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The options on the table before the Obama Administration War Cabinet all involved escalating the occupation by as many as 80,000 troops. The president wants other options as he continues dithering.

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Against the assessment of his national security adviser, the president will reportedly increase the U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan by 34,000 in 2010.

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During a House Foreign Affairs Committee panel, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) breaks down the “pretense of having a debate” in the U.S. as to whether or not the Obama Administration should escalate the occupation of Afghanistan. The congressman addresses: the U.S. financial backing of the Taliban until May 2001; phony fearmongering; U.S. financial incapabilities and lack of responsible prioritizing; the disconnect between the White House, Congress, and the People; war profiteering; the false assumption that ‘9/11 couldn’t have occurred without the Taliban’; ‘what is the motivation for someone to attack’ the U.S.?; occupation; pre-emptive war; and the groupthink mentality pushing the lie that ‘perpetual war creates perpetual peace’ (6:42):

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General Stanley McChrystal proposed a “low risk” option to the White House calling for an additional 80,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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David Ignatius at The Washington Post, claims the U.S. has a “responsibility” to use its military to simply “buy some time” for Kabul’s effort to forge relations with the Taliban. What he calls “Mission Impossible” is chronicled in Dexter Filkins’ feature at The New York Times Magazine, “Stanley McChrystal’s Long War.”

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London’s Daily Telegraph reports: U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has approved 500 more troops to Afghanistan with the assurance that the Obama Administration will soon approve another Afghan Surge.

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This graphic posted at The Washington Post website showing 65,000 troops in Afghanistan and 124,000 in Iraq at the end of September. By the end of October, 68,000 will be in Afghanistan and 120,000 in Iraq. The Obama Administration has approved 13,000 more “support troops” and is considering sending over 60,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010 for a full-scale counterinsurgency operation with no endgamedoomed by design with no end in sight. The so-called “withdrawal” from Iraq—which will still leave up to 75,000 troops there, indefinitely—will not see ‘major planning’ until 2010.

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A U.S. official familiar with Gen. McChrystal’s confidential troop request submitted to the White House confirms that it exceeds 60,000.

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On the same day it runs an editorial saying anything less than full-scale occupation of Afghanistan “looks like a loser”, The Washington Post (WaPo) runs an article of sob-stories from still-occupied Iraq describing how Iraqis want the U.S. occupation to remain there.

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Todd Pittman at The Associated Press (AP) reports: Eight years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, an internet statement by the Taliban states it has no will to attack any countries, but “if you want to turn the country of the proud and pious Afghans into a colony, then know that we have an unwavering determination and have braced for a prolonged war” within Afghanistan. (more…)

In a closed-door meeting with U.S. legislators, Administration officials said President Barack Obama is not considering ending the occupation of Afghanistan, eight years after the U.S. invaded.

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msnbc’s Andrea Mitchell reports that–according to military sources–redacted in the report [.pdf] submitted to the Pentagon by the top U.S.-NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal, is the assessment that 500,000 troops are needed in Afghanistan between the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Afghan National Army (A.N.A.). By this fall, the U.S. share of the—over 100,000-troop—ISAF coalition is to be around 68,000 and the A.N.A. is currently numbered at around 92,000 (0:53):

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