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could be speeded up, says Rasmussen
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Nato withdrawal from Afghanistan
could be speeded up, says Rasmussen

Guardian [UK], by Ian Traynor

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/1/2012 11:05:48 PM

Brussels - The retreat of western forces from Afghanistan could come sooner than expected, the head of Nato has said as he conceded that the recent Taliban strategy of "green on blue" killings had been successful in sapping morale. In an interview with the Guardian Nato's secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, responded to pressure for a faster withdrawal from Afghanistan by stating that the options were being studied and should be clear within three months. (Snip) Nato aims to have an Afghan security force of 352,000 taking over responsibility for the country in just over two years when the US-led combat

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I note the Guardian says ''retreat.'' What exactly did the general and NATO say? The revenge and takeover attacks when NATO is thin in Afghanistan and the dissolution of the Afghan military are going to turn the place into the lowest sewer of Hell. That's about one level down from where it is now.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/1/2012 11:56:12 PM     (No. 8903416)

Obama began all this with his sacking of our winning general and his dithering and lying.
Like Benghazi the fish rots from the head.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/2/2012 12:12:43 AM     (No. 8903435)

Obama will wait until after the US election and then will order the big bug out from Afghanistan. There is no way that his strategy is a winner in a place like Afghanistan, where Obama essentially told the enemy that the war was going to end on a date certain that he picked out of the air.

As when UK and US troop strength there goes down, it will be harder to provide them with effective force protection and it will continue to get easier for the Afghans to pick them off. You can't win when you set in motion a very weak strategy that allows the enemy to simply murder your troops. But then again winning the war there was never Obama's objective, he just wants to be able to say that he stopped another Bush war.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: KTWO, 10/2/2012 2:58:21 AM     (No. 8903506)

The withdrawal may become disaster with our diminishing, steadily weakening, forces attacked more and more simply because they can be.

However we should remember the Taliban leadership has other problems and other concerns too. They may choose a course other than total attack, after all we will soon be gone anyway.

We can't be sure how bad it will be. It won't be good, that is certain.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: veritas, 10/2/2012 4:01:29 AM     (No. 8903537)

It is a screaming tragedy that the pols in charge, on whose hands is the blood of our troops, don't know and observe the following: all-out to win, or all out now.

Those are the only two rational choices, generally.

#3: Agreed. If I may add this -- there may well be some high-profile [even if generally meaningless] attacks near the end, so they can say, "See? We routed 'em." Appearances [read: fairy tales] are treated like reality in the Muslim world.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/2/2012 4:24:38 AM     (No. 8903542)

The war in Afghanistan is probably the most disgraceful component of Obama's administration but gets little to no coverage.There's a reason there's been a spike in military suicides which the media has no interest into digging into.

Obama figures he inherited this war so the sooner it's over with the better.

Islamists all over the world smell blood int he water because of Obama's weakness and policies of apologies and appeasement.

The people in NATO countries can see the foolishness with how this war is being fought and of course they want out sooner.

The main cog in the wheel for getting out was to train Afghan nationals to take over security and that's blown up in Obama's face. The anti-war crowd in this country is enjoying every minute of this debacle.

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