Black People : Afghanisatan war continued For What?????

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by The Nation
    Obama's Too-Slow Afghan "Exit" Strategy Scores Him No Political Points
    by John Nichols

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination for president because grassroots progressives thought he was marginally more anti-war than Hillary Clinton.

    On Tuesday night, Obama committed himself and his administration to a vision of an extended occupation of Afghanistan – and occupation with no likelihood of a conclusion until after his first term is finished. After securing the nomination, Obama was elected president.

    Upon securing the Oval Office, he promptly abandoned any pretense of being opposed to military misadventures abroad, appointed Clinton as his Secretary of State, kept the Bush-Cheney regime’s team at the Department of Defense, surged more troops into Afghanistan and steered U.S. forces into a new fight with Libya.

    Now, the president is proposing to remove some of the troops he sent to Afghanistan – about 10,000 (roughly 7 percent of the occupation force) by the end of the year.

    The U.S. force on the ground in Afghanistan will still be more substantial than the force that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney put on the ground there.

    Indeed, even by the most optimistic timeline proposed by Obama, the U.S. occupation force will at the end of Obama’s first term be equal in size to the force that was there when Bush and Cheney left the White House in 2009.

    The occupation will continue.

    Another billion dollars will continue to be spent every week to ten days.
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/22-13
    Now only a small percentage of troops will be pulled out but thousands will remain. with the most advanced military technology on the planet,
    to catch how many Al Qaeda???????

    Leon Panetta: There May Be Fewer Than 50 Al Qaeda Fighters In Afghanistan

    AP/Huffington Post First Posted: 06-27-10 11:01 AM | Updated: 06-29-10 02:25 AM


    WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Sunday there may be fewer than 50 al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan, with "no question" that most of the terrorist network is operating from the western tribal region of Pakistan.

    Panetta's remarks came as President Barack Obama builds up U.S. forces in Afghanistan to prop up the government and, in his words, "disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda." About U.S. 98,000 troops will be in Afghanistan by fall.

    Asked by ABC's Jake Tapper to estimate the number of al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan, Panetta said, "I think the estimate on the number of Al Qaeda is actually relatively small. At most, we're looking at 50 to 100, maybe less. It's in that vicinity."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/27/leon-panetta-there-may-be_n_627012.html
     
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    Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama bowed to public opinion, approaching elections, military reality and financial woes by announcing he would withdraw a third of the 100,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer. Pentagon brass growled open opposition.
    US allies France and Germany announced similar troops reductions. All foreign troops are supposed to quit Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
    Washington currently spends at least $10 billion monthly on the Afghan war, not counting “black” payments, CIA and NSA operations. The US has poured $18.8 billion in development aid into Afghanistan since 2001 with nothing to show for the effort. Pakistan has been given $20 billion to support the Afghan War.
    The US deficit is heading over $1.4 trillion. The national debt, when unfunded pensions and benefits are added, is likely $100 trillion, according to the chief of PIMCO, the world’s largest bond trader.
    Forty-four million Americans now receive food stamps; the national infrastructure of roads, airports, bridges and schools is crumbling from neglect. Unemployment, officially at 9.5%, is probably closer to 20%.
    The cry is being heard: “Rebuild America, not Afghanistan.”
    In spite of intense pro-war propaganda, over half of Americans now oppose the Afghan War. Even US-installed Afghan president Hamid Karzai calls it, “ineffective, apart from causing civilian casualties.”
    So will the US really pull out of Afghanistan? That remains to be seen. There are contradictory signs.
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/06/26-1
     
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