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Obama aide says no more troops to Afghanistan
Reuters ^ | June 30, 2009 | N/A

Posted on 06/30/2009 9:03:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

President Barack Obama's top security adviser has told U.S. military commanders there are no plans to send more troops to Afghanistan for now and that the focus instead will be on economic development and reconstruction, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

National Security Adviser James Jones delivered that message last week in Afghanistan, where Marine Brigadier General Lawrence Nicholson hinted he could use more "thousands more" troops, the newspaper said.

Jones' message seemed designed to cap expectations that more troops might be coming, although the Obama administration has not ruled out additional deployments in the future, the Post said.

"This will not be won by the military alone," Jones told the Post during his trip. "We tried that for six years."

"The piece of the strategy that has to work in the next year is economic development. If that is not done right, there are not enough troops in the world to succeed."

An extra 17,000 troops Obama deployed to fight a growing Taliban-led insurgency in southern and western Afghanistan were expected to be on the ground by mid-July. Another 4,000 troops being deployed to train Afghan security forces are due to arrive by August.

The forces are part of a build-up that could expand the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to 68,000 troops by the end of this year, more than double the 32,000 at the end of 2008.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bhodod; jamesjones; oefsurge
Is he listening to the Generals or Kos Kids?
1 posted on 06/30/2009 9:03:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Nachum; SandRat

Ping.


2 posted on 06/30/2009 9:03:50 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

A typical Liberal Surrender mode being activated.


3 posted on 06/30/2009 9:05:08 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Jet Jaguar
Thanks for the heads up Jet Jaguar

The list, ping

4 posted on 06/30/2009 9:05:28 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Daily Kos, George Soros and Rahm Emanuel are running things nowadays.

To believe anything less is to be unrealistic.

5 posted on 06/30/2009 9:05:39 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; Free ThinkerNY; ...

The list, ping


6 posted on 06/30/2009 9:05:52 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Great.

This will help the enemy prepare accordingly. Combined with not bombing them when they are around houses, we are beginning to tie one hand behind our backs.


7 posted on 06/30/2009 9:08:11 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Jet Jaguar

*National Security Adviser James Jones delivered that message last week in Afghanistan*

Strange, this is the same Gen. Jones weeks back
the Boma inner works tried to say was forgetful, not with it, etc.


8 posted on 06/30/2009 9:13:19 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Jones' message seemed designed to cap expectations that more troops might be coming, although the Obama administration has not ruled out additional deployments in the future, the Post said.

Well, thanks for clearing that one up, Mr. Transparent!

9 posted on 06/30/2009 9:16:28 PM PDT by Carling ("We've lost two people in my family because you dickheads won't cut trees down," - Warwick Spooner)
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To: KoRn

The politicians are running a war. I’m trying to remember if that had ever succeeded in the past or not./S


10 posted on 06/30/2009 9:17:35 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: KoRn
we are beginning to tie one hand behind our backs.

And we insist on binding 3 fingers and the thumb on the other hand. Pinky finger only.

11 posted on 06/30/2009 9:34:46 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

I don’t want to get into semantics, but my son has orders to deploy August 3. So WTF?


12 posted on 06/30/2009 9:42:03 PM PDT by CT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slx8CCjoL4E&feature=related)
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To: Shooter 2.5
The politicians are running a war. I’m trying to remember if that had ever succeeded in the past or not

For sure, but those politicians have to "run" the very top level. Set the mission, or the objectives, and then turn the military loose. Even in WW-II, the President was running the war, but only at the "Grand strategy" level. The military wasn't all that fond of "Europe First" particularly the Navy and Marines.

It's when they start, as the Swabbies would put it, "giving rudder orders", making detailed decisions on movements, rules of engagement and even authorizations to hit individual targets, that the wheels tend to fall off. Or when they ignore the advice of military leadership.

But the real problems come when they set the rules and make the decisions to play to a domestic audience, either their supporters or their opponents.

Of course we haven't had a case where the CinC was more sympathetic to the enemy than to the national security of our own country, so we are in uncharted territory.

13 posted on 06/30/2009 9:45:46 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Jet Jaguar

You took the words out of my mouth — oh, that’s unsanitary.

Talk to the generals; listen to the generals.

Obama is a nitwit.


14 posted on 06/30/2009 9:47:12 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Before the end of the year, the Senate will probably cut off all funds for providing weaponry and other support for Iraqi troops. Probably the same by July 2010 for Afghani troops. A complete replay of South Viet Nam and the shameful actions of the Democratic party.

But, it’s for the children, doncha know? Gotta feed breakfus, lunch and suppa to them kids from the ghetto. We only got so much money, doncha know? I need the votes, doncha know?


15 posted on 06/30/2009 9:59:15 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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To: Salvation
Talk to the generals; listen to the generals.

I don't know.. maybe.... Tell the General Officers the objective and get the hell out of the way sounds much more efficient. It's why we have General Officers. If they fail, sack them. Find one that works. Old Abe went through a bunch.

/johnny

16 posted on 06/30/2009 10:00:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

What happened to his great plan to lead the afghan campaign to complete victory. He’s fiddlef*****g around instead.


17 posted on 06/30/2009 10:14:07 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: CT

God Bless your Son.


18 posted on 06/30/2009 10:16:51 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Just pull our troops out of both Iraq & Afghanistan. No more of our troops should die while that commie b@$tard 0booooooombi usurper-in-chief is in the WH. Get his skinny cowardly @ss out on the front lines and see if he can work his teleprompter magic on his uzzlim brothers.


19 posted on 06/30/2009 10:42:50 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Jet Jaguar

Jones and (Hillary) Clinton have a more direct connection, having bonded — as Hillary did with many military officials — during her tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee. The two are said to have particularly clicked at a 2005 conference on security policy in Munich. Jones hosted a small private dinner that included Clinton and South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, among others; at the end of the convivial evening, according to one person present, Jones followed Clinton out to her car to exchange private words.


20 posted on 06/30/2009 10:50:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jet Jaguar

Obama’s national security adviser is a retired four-star Marine general and longtime friend of Senator John McCain.

Served as the Marines’ top lobbyist in the Senate during the early 1980s — where his first boss was Navy Captain John McCain.

military assistant to Defense Secretary William Cohen in the late 1990s.

Since leaving the Corps, Jones has worked on energy issues as head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy and served on the boards of Boeing and Chevron.


21 posted on 06/30/2009 10:52:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
the focus instead will be on economic development and reconstruction
Obama is getting ready for a different war. When it starts, try to act surprised.
22 posted on 07/01/2009 2:35:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Well, by all means, let’s send a Trillion dollars. Just think of all the heroin poppies they could grow.


23 posted on 07/01/2009 2:51:19 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Jet Jaguar

There is only enough money for his war against America.


24 posted on 07/01/2009 6:18:26 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Soothesayer

“There is only enough money for his war against America.”

You win the kewpie doll!


25 posted on 07/01/2009 6:45:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I wonder if we’ll be giving the Afghani’s free health Care along with Miranda rights, the copy to the Army field manual, and of course autographs by our very own no experience Panetta....on plans for future assaults prior to assaults.


26 posted on 07/01/2009 4:20:08 PM PDT by Karliner (Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before. DDE)
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