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    AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption

    AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption
    By LARA JAKES, Associated Press Writer Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writer Tue Oct 13, 9:40 pm ET

    WASHINGTON Rampant government corruption may derail the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan even if as many as 80,000 additional U.S. troops are sent to the war, the top military commander there has concluded, according to U.S. officials briefed on his recommendations.

    The conclusion by Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal is part of a still-secret document that requests more troops even as he warns that they ultimately may not prevent terrorists from turning Afghanistan back into a haven.

    McChrystal has outlined three options for additional troops from as many as 80,000 to as few as 10,000 to 15,000, according to officials at the Pentagon and White House.

    Each option carries a high risk of failing, according to U.S. officials, although they said McChrystal concluded that fewer troops will bring the highest risks.

    AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption - Yahoo! News

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    I can not for the life of me understand why Obama insists on becoming the next Lyndon Johnson. It is clear the country does not want us there, history has also made it very clear that Afghanistan causes every invaders eventual Waterloo.

    I was even against the war from the get go, that we'd eventually regret it. But that is a whole other issue.

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    Re: AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption

    I find it amazing that people would actually believe that ANY puppet government installed by the Bush administration would be anything but corrupt.

    I agree that President Obama has some tough choices to make.

    Personally I'm for getting out of there and focusing only on the Al Queada network. We can only offer afghanistan so much in troops and money. They have been fighting one war or another in that country for hundreds of years. Just America's resources are not enough. Russia tried that for ten years and left with their tails between their legs. Their economy in meltdown.

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    Re: AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    I find it amazing that people would actually believe that ANY puppet government installed by the Bush administration would be anything but corrupt.

    I agree that President Obama has some tough choices to make.

    Personally I'm for getting out of there and focusing only on the Al Queada network. We can only offer afghanistan so much in troops and money. They have been fighting one war or another in that country for hundreds of years. Just America's resources are not enough. Russia tried that for ten years and left with their tails between their legs. Their economy in meltdown.
    Yes Obama has some tough choices to make and to me, a lot of is is saving face. He said he would get out of Iraq, which he is kind of doing, not as fast as I'd like, nevertheless he's getting out even though the country appears to be in self destruct mode.

    My problem, why does he insist on staying the course in Afghanistan? I'm dumbfounded. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

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    Re: AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption

    Quote Originally Posted by goldendog View Post
    I find it amazing that people would actually believe that ANY puppet government installed by the Bush administration would be anything but corrupt.

    I agree that President Obama has some tough choices to make.

    Personally I'm for getting out of there and focusing only on the Al Queada network. We can only offer afghanistan so much in troops and money. They have been fighting one war or another in that country for hundreds of years. Just America's resources are not enough. Russia tried that for ten years and left with their tails between their legs. Their economy in meltdown.
    I thought the whole purpose of Afghanistan was al Qaeda, and now you want to pull out. What about bin Laden?
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    Re: AP sources: Afghan commander frets over corruption

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I thought the whole purpose of Afghanistan was al Qaeda, and now you want to pull out. What about bin Laden?
    Two things about both.

    #1 Bush didn't care about Bin Laden and apparently didn't care enough when he had al Qaida on the run.

    #2 There are other ways to deal with both then spend billions on our occupation and war there.

    Remember, Afghanistan seems to be a black hole to hell that every country that has ever tried to deal with it militarily in modern history. Unless we are willing to accept a massive influx of troops, hardware and money on a scale that not even the most hawkish of generals want, I really do not see an end to this, but rather a Johnson quagmire that will eventually end up flying helicopters off the roof of the embassy in Kabul in retreat.

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