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Obama Expected to Announce Afghanistan Decision Wednesday

Posted on Jun 20, 2011
White House / Pete Souza

Set your TiVos: The White House announced Monday that the president will deliver an Afghanistan speech Wednesday. Obama’s advisers have been debating how many of the more than 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan to bring home, with the military’s top brass pushing to keep most there indefinitely.

The president is expected to share his big decision—which, rumor has it, he may not have made yet—during that speech.  —PZS

Los Angeles Times:

The president is expected to announce his decision on the level of troop withdrawals, though it was unclear whether a final determination had been made. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing Monday that the president was “reviewing all of the options” and “is still in the process of finalizing” the size and scope of any proposed drawdown.

The venue for Obama’s Wednesday speech was not disclosed. On Thursday, the president will visit Ft. Drum in New York, which is home to the 10th Mountain Division that has been heavily involved in the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Carney would not say whether the visit was tied to his announcement.

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By Steve E, June 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

Time to sucker the suckers again.

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By Beltwaylaid, June 22, 2011 at 11:10 am Link to this comment
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Stop the music…. move some soldiers…. start the music back up.  8 ^\

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By bob zimway, June 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm Link to this comment

A ten percent pullout is insulting to the cause of peace. But CNN and NBC will
fawn over it and find heroes and brave wives upon which to slather the public’s
gratitude and adulation, meanwhile ignoring the horde of broken cannon fodder
coming back to a living hell without limbs or sense of accomplishment.
What a crock of shit.

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By Aarky, June 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment
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It’s a shame that the surge won’t operate in reverse. It’s been almost two years since General Petraeous and Admiral Mullin both assured Obama that the surge would work and the troops would be pulled out on scedule. For the many dozens of US Generals in Afghanaistan, this is the only war they have and they would stay for another ten or twenty years because it’s not their money or blood that will be lost. Many of the time honored excuses/lies for staying will be trotted out: We must stay to hold in place all the gains from the surge==We must stay to make certain the Afghans receive all the benefits of Democracy==We must stay and fight them there or we will have to fight them on the beaches in Miami and Long Island==We must stay to protect the Afghan women from the evil Taliban.  We have been there for ten years and we still can’t get it right! Some of the real reasons for staying will be the pleadings from the Military-Industrial complex and the private contractors along with Karzai and his merry band of thieves who are all willing to suck the US Treasury dry. It’s time to declare victory and leave. My fear is that Obama will remove a couple thousand troops and then hire the same amount of mercenaries at five times the cost to backfill.

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By Go Right Young Man, June 21, 2011 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

PBS NewsHour On-Line
Mon. 6/20

“Amid Push for Talks With Taliban, Where Do Rights of Afghan Women Fit In?”

Three Afghan women, influential figures in politics, business and non-governmental organizations, were in Washington last week meeting with senior members of the Obama administration and Congress on the topic of negotiating peace with the Taliban. Margaret Warner gets their views on the situation in their country.


These liberal Afghan woman (Peace Activists) tell Margaret Warner that U.S. soldiers should begin a withdrawal in order to prove U.S. intentions. Yet, simultaneously, they each argue that nobody’s soldiers should leave too quickly.  Not so fast that they each feel “unsafe” from various Taliban. - Apparently these woman fear Taliban types more than NATO or U.S. soldiers.

Yes, they say, soldiers should begin a slow departure.  Then each went on to explain how and why, they believe, the U.S. government and others should stay and remain involved. - An interesting dichotomy.

I personally believe the world owes the Afghan people a huge debt. A debt almost beyond repaying.  Leaving them to step backwards, particularly the woman, would be self-serving cruelty.  The world did that in the 90’s.  It proved a horrible disaster for Afghans.

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By Bob, June 21, 2011 at 4:43 am Link to this comment
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This gutless, spineless wimp will not pull more than 10,000 troops.  Change you can
believe in?  Primary Obama.

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By thecrow, June 21, 2011 at 4:16 am Link to this comment

“Sounding presidential, Senator Barack Obama said Wednesday he would order a surge of U.S. troops – perhaps 15,000 or more – to Afghanistan as soon as he reached the White House.

‘The terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 are still at large and plotting,’ he said, echoing Mr. Bush’s oft-repeated refrain.”

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