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Afghan Decision Expected in Matter of Weeks
American Forces Press Service ^ | Jim Garamone

Posted on 10/01/2009 5:36:31 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2009 – President Barack Obama is getting the ground-level perspective on Afghanistan, and soon will address the strategy and resources needed in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said here today.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expects a decision on the way forward in Afghanistan in a matter of weeks, Morrell told MSNBC. “I would remind you that the Bush administration when they were deliberating whether or not to surge forces into Iraq took about three months to come to that conclusion,” he said.

Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, chief of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, recently submitted to the Pentagon and White House his assessment of Afghan operations and requirements. The general believes that the right strategy is more important than resources, Morrell said.

“We need to be much more focused on changing the strategy, changing how we behave on the ground in Afghanistan,” Morrell said. “If we are able to win the trust and confidence of the Afghan people, if they trust that we are there by their side and committed to being there for the duration, he believes we can succeed.”

The McChrystal strategy is making inroads with Gates, Morrell said. “The secretary, I think, is growing increasingly comfortable with that notion,” he said.

The secretary has said he is uncomfortable with a large foreign military presence in Afghanistan. “General McChrystal was making the case to him and to others that it’s not the size of the force; it’s how that force behaves” that matters most, the press secretary said.

McChrystal believes the Afghan people do not regard U.S. and NATO forces as occupiers, Morrell said. This will continue as long as International Security Assistance Force personnel ensure the population is protected and that civilian casualties are kept to the minimum.

Obama’s meeting yesterday with civilian and military leaders lasted three hours, Morrell said. Vice President Joe Biden; Gates; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones, the assistant to the president for national security; and Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command; participated.

McChrystal, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Ann Patterson joined the meeting by teleconference, Morrell said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: decision; democrats; frwn

1 posted on 10/01/2009 5:36:32 PM PDT by SandRat
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2 posted on 10/01/2009 5:37:21 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Yes, but the health care reform must be passed without reading the bill immediately, even though it doesn’t take effect until 2013!


3 posted on 10/01/2009 5:37:36 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Don't fire unless fired upon, but it they mean to have a war, let it begin here." J Parker, 1775)
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To: SandRat

What was that brilliant strategy Obama said he had in March? The fraudulent marxist pretender needs to be removed from office ASAP.


4 posted on 10/01/2009 5:37:53 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: SandRat

How kind of Obama to take the time out of his rock star schedule.


5 posted on 10/01/2009 5:38:38 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: SandRat

The decisions is, either take out the terrorists, or allow them to repopulate Iraq and elsewhere, and surrender to them.

Any other questions Barack?


6 posted on 10/01/2009 5:38:51 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Deficit spending, trade deficits, unsecure mortages, worthless paper... ... not a problem. Oh yeah?)
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To: SandRat

Wow.

Very timely .

A matter of weeks.......

How lame.

I guess that Copenhagen is WAY more important


7 posted on 10/01/2009 5:40:09 PM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: SandRat

Has Gates sold his soul?


8 posted on 10/01/2009 5:41:44 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: SandRat

Weeks! 43 of our people have died over there since that report from the general was placed on Obama’s desk. How would you feel being a relative or parent of one of those kids ... why did they die ... what did they die for? Hell, these kids don’t even know if they are at war or not under these circumstances. This is OFF THE WALL Serious!!!!!


9 posted on 10/01/2009 5:42:40 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (The Patriot's Flag at http://www.thepatriotsflag.com/ - Stealth Health Care Bill)
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To: SandRat

43 of our American boys have been killed since the general asked for more troops. DO THE JOB OR GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 10/01/2009 5:43:42 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: SandRat

Weeks? I guess the military can kick back for a few weeks then.


11 posted on 10/01/2009 5:43:58 PM PDT by RC2
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To: SandRat

Last I heard, before Obama got involved with the UN and the Olympics, was that they hadn’t yet allowed General McChrystal to send them his report.

Also, of course, Obama has only talked to McChrystal once, as part of a conference call.

So it’s not exactly clear how he feels able to review McChrystal’s recommendations when he hasn’t even seen them yet.


12 posted on 10/01/2009 5:44:26 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: roaddog727

“I guess that Copenhagen is WAY more important’

Yep, money to be had with two corrupt organizations trying to shake down each other. No time to be Presidential even if he could. By the way I wonder how much this is going to cost us?


13 posted on 10/01/2009 5:47:18 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: roaddog727

Typical conservative response. I suppose you are white, too.

Bush left Obama this war. Obama found the memo in the bottom drawer of the Resolute desk. He did not ever hear there was a war on in Afghanistan. It takes time to formulate policy and Obama is busy working on the economy, Chicago’s Olympic bid, and global warming. Duh!

Plus, Bush put that desk in the Oval Office just to embarrass Obama. Resolute - don’t think the joke isn’t obvious!


14 posted on 10/01/2009 5:47:21 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: SandRat; jurroppi1

The latest.

Thanks Sandy.


15 posted on 10/01/2009 5:52:28 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: SandRat

What, exactly, does he need to think about? It certainly can’t have anything to do with completing the mission, only politicizing war. His general is telling him we need more troops over there to get the job done. Is it really that hard of a choice?


16 posted on 10/01/2009 5:53:11 PM PDT by dajeeps
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To: dajeeps

He has to first get approval for the Red Diaper Doper Babies.


17 posted on 10/01/2009 5:55:57 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

“I would remind you that the Bush administration when they were deliberating whether or not to surge forces into Iraq took about three months to come to that conclusion,” he said.

Oh. The old We’re-no-worse-than-Bush defense.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.


18 posted on 10/01/2009 5:56:34 PM PDT by StAntKnee (I keep thinking I'm gonna wake up from this dream theatre of the absurd.)
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To: dajeeps

This jackass has no idea what a command decision is nor does anyone of the cronies who surround him. What else is there to say?


19 posted on 10/01/2009 5:57:05 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate)
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To: SandRat

I think I read somewhere that he wanted to consult with Oprah on what to do about Afghanistan.


20 posted on 10/01/2009 5:59:07 PM PDT by antidemoncrat (.)
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To: antidemoncrat

Maybe it was some “Dial a Fortune Teller?”


21 posted on 10/01/2009 6:00:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mazda77

I’ve really got to hand it to McCrystal, putting himself out there like he’s been doing. Obama might just end up backing up and taking a dump on him, but he’s the perfect example of those who fight for what they believe in even it means losing everything.


22 posted on 10/01/2009 6:07:40 PM PDT by dajeeps
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To: 1010RD

Yes. typical of me.

And yes also - I am white. So what?

Whatever happend to measuring someone by the content of their character as opposed to the color of their skin?

YOU are a Racist.

It’s your argument, not mine.

Your Supposition, not mine.

YOUR FAILURE, not mine.

I am strong - and you are nothing more than a cravenly coward, hiding behind racial inuendo.

Gaudiamus igitur, juvenes dum sumos.


23 posted on 10/01/2009 6:08:25 PM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: SandRat

I have no problem with getting the strategy right. I’d prefer that the military commanders were the major players in determining the correct strategy, but it would be foolish to ignore political realities. (A good military commander would not do that.)

I can actually see an argument over going big versus going small. After all, Gen Franks won in Afghanistan by using a very small specialized force that mobilized local military power against the Taliban. If I were to go small, I’d go after economic relationship and hunter/killer teams of special ops.

The economic side would be the purchase from Afghanis of their entire poppy crop each year. That would deny the Taliban their cash crop, it would create relationships with local Afghanis, and it would put some kind of dent in the international drug trade.

The hunter/killer teams of spec ops would hunt down Taliban and Al Qaeda. The advantage of this is that it goes directly after our enemy. Also, opposing foreign military attempting to run their country is almost a rite-of-passage to manhood in tribal Afghanistan. These teams would be focused on eradicating the Taliban, a group that was not uniformly liked prior to Franks’ engineered overthrow.

I don’t have any problem at all with McChrystal’s plan. I’m just saying that it isn’t sacrosanct and rethinking it isn’t a crime.

Lincoln rethought the Civil War a couple of times. Then he hit on Grant who decided to use the overwhelming force advantage that the north possessed. Grant was correct.


24 posted on 10/01/2009 6:17:21 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: roaddog727

so when will we see the expose on the alphabet soup news? You know, the story about the US president ignoring the safety of our troops so he can be in Denmark.....


25 posted on 10/01/2009 6:19:08 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: 1010RD

One last note.

Resolute? Spare me. A more amoeba-like person has not yet existed on this planet.

Feel free to reply - if you have the backbone too. Lol.


26 posted on 10/01/2009 6:21:34 PM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Cyclone59

Likely be between the time of when hell freezes over and never


27 posted on 10/01/2009 6:30:54 PM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: fanfan
I noticed the thread title earlier, but didn't take time to read any of the article. I'm still trying to decide if the response above your ping to me (post 14 from 1010RD to roaddog727) is supposed to be sarcastic or not...

Thanks for the ping though!

28 posted on 10/01/2009 8:21:02 PM PDT by jurroppi1 (America, do not commit Barry Care-y!)
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To: roaddog727

Likely be between the time of when hell freezes over and never

Yeah, that is what I thought too, I had a hard time setting my DVR to record it.


29 posted on 10/02/2009 7:26:24 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: roaddog727

Guess I should have marked it as sarcasm, eh?


30 posted on 10/02/2009 5:04:48 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

I suspect so.


31 posted on 10/02/2009 6:37:27 PM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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