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Karzai Weighs a Draft

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Posted on Feb 7, 2010
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“Afghanistan should be able to provide security for its people ... ,” Karzai says.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has tepidly announced he is pondering introducing conscription in order to build a domestic army and police force capable of taking over security operations from NATO troops in his war-torn country.

Karzai’s statement struck some as odd, coming just a week after his defense minister said the army had no lack of recruits. —JCL

The BBC:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a conference of the world’s top defence officials in Germany that he is considering introducing conscription.

The Afghan president said at the summit in Munich he wants to build an army and police force of 300,000 by 2012.

His comments come as US-led forces are poised to launch a major offensive in Helmand province against the Taliban.

The Nato commander, General Stanley McChrystal, said the operation would “send a strong signal”.

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By liecatcher, February 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

KARZAI WEIGHS A DRAFT

Great idea !
Then Bush3 can outsource guarding the poppy crop &
claim he is reducing U.S. troops there. Also,
CHENEYBURTON can use them as laborers for another
permanent base there built with a non-bid cost plus
contract.

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By munirardi, February 7, 2010 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

no war again he must think about the past, how was the situation of his country under taliban government very crowded

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By gerard, February 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

Oh, great!  Then they can be just like us and the bigger their army the more weapons we can sell them!  Jobs, jobs, jobs! 

And we are s-o-o-o- good at “sending strong signals” like McChrystal says.  Love!  Peace!  Hope!  A happy future for your children!

Isn’t everybody onto our game yet?  We are completely zonked on imperialism, badly in need of isolation, rehab and psychological attention. War pm drugs?  No, drugged on war.

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By gerard, February 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

Oh, great!  Then they can be just like us and the bigger their army the more weapons we can sell them!  Jobs, jobs, jobs! 

And we are s-o-o-o- good at “sending strong signals” like McChrystal says.  Love!  Peace!  Hope!  A happy future for your children!

Isn’t everybody onto our game yet?  We are completely zonked on imperialism, badly in need of isolation, rehab and psychological attention. War pm drugs?  No, drugged on war.

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By Aarky, February 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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Karzai hopes to enlarge the national Army to 300,000? Goode luck because the members they have now seem to be mostly on hashish or are Taliban sleeper agents. They also don’t have the money to pay that many troops. We would have needed the draft long ago if not for hiring well over 100,000 additional people as back-up for our troops (at four times the pay rate for soldiers). That’s why our wars are so awfully expensive. The Draft laws were changed at the end of the Viet Nam War so that rich peoples sons would also have the chance of getting drafted, even though they were in college. So now you can start to guess why the draft hasn’t been re-started.

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By dihey, February 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

Apparently he does not realize that conscription is the fast-track to his overthrow and arrest.

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