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White House says Afghan deadline 'non-negotiable'
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/16/10 | AFP

Posted on 08/16/2010 11:04:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AFP) – The White House said Monday that July 2011 was a "non-negotiable" deadline for starting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan, while insisting that President Barack Obama and his top general in Kabul were on the same page.

The White House was quizzed about a seeming disconnect between the two after General David Petraeus said in an interview aired Sunday that he could seek a delay in the troop drawdown if conditions on the ground required it.

"I think the president has been quite clear in explaining that it's a process, not an event, and that it's conditions-based," he told NBC television's "Meet the Press" program.

"The president and I sat down in the Oval Office and he expressed very clearly that what he wants from me is my best professional military advice."

But White House spokesman Bill Burton, speaking to reporters traveling on Obama's plane to Milwaukee, said the general's remarks had been taken out of context.

"I think that that is a very thinly sliced parsing of what he had to say. He said very specifically that that deadline stands and there is no daylight between the president or his commanders on the ground when it comes to July 2011," Burton said.

"As you saw with Iraq, when the president makes a commitment, he keeps it. And he intends to do that here as well," he said.

"Obviously the scope and rate of withdrawal will be conditions-based, but the date is not negotiable," Burton added.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghan; deadline; nonnegotiable; whitehouse

1 posted on 08/16/2010 11:04:23 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Cards and rosaries are seen as US soldiers pray during a celebration of Contemporary Protestant Service at the NATO base in Kandahar on August 15. The Taliban waging a vicious insurgency in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to cooperate with international forces, the UN and human rights groups to investigate civilian deaths in the war. (AFP/Yuri Cortez)


2 posted on 08/16/2010 11:05:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Heads up, America! With the premature withdrawal from Iraq and, soon, from Afghanistan, we will have lost the war on terror.

Thank you, Obama


3 posted on 08/16/2010 11:05:48 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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US soldiers patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in Kukaran in Kandahar province. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisted Monday the July 2011 date to start withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan was set in stone, putting him at odds with his top Afghan war commander. (AFP/File/Yuri Cortez)


4 posted on 08/16/2010 11:06:31 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
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5 posted on 08/16/2010 11:06:45 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: NormsRevenge

How long will it be before Petraeus is thrown under the bus?


6 posted on 08/16/2010 11:07:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: NormsRevenge

I’d like to believe that the administration doesn’t realize that comments like these torpedo the whole effort, but I can’t.


7 posted on 08/16/2010 11:07:49 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: NormsRevenge
Looks like we're gonna need a new general. Hope obama has a large "Barrel of Generals".
8 posted on 08/16/2010 11:07:58 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama does not care who he gets killed what a moron!


9 posted on 08/16/2010 11:08:28 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: NormsRevenge

Now that the hard deadline has been made absolutely public, all the Taliban needs to do is lay low until the deadline passes. And until the deadline passes our troops and their allies will be forced to operate under even more stifling rules of engagement.

FUBO, you traitor!


10 posted on 08/16/2010 11:10:54 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO! I salute you with the soles of my shoes!)
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To: fatnotlazy
Looks like Gates is planning his exit too..

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) in a cabinet meeting where Obama commented on General Stanley McChrystal's complaints in a recent Rolling Stone magazine article, at the White House in Washington, in this June 22, 2010 file image. Gates will retire sometime in 2011, CNN reported on August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files


11 posted on 08/16/2010 11:11:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hearing that will make AQ and the Taliban happy. For them, the good news just keeps coming from Obama’s mouth.


12 posted on 08/16/2010 11:14:52 AM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: NormsRevenge
Speaking in seemingly contradictory terms just goes to show us how brilliant Shaman Obummasota is. His more highly developed intellect allows him to say things and do things that just don't make sense to mere mortals. But in his god-like wisdom and intellect, he works it all out for us, so we just don't have to worry. If the emperor looks naked to us, it's because we just can't see his complicated clothing.
13 posted on 08/16/2010 11:15:22 AM PDT by downtownconservative (Even Emperor Obama has now noticed he has no clothes. His response? "Bush stole my clothes".)
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To: NormsRevenge
If Obama is throwing in the towel we should leave now.

Any casualties here on out are on his head.

14 posted on 08/16/2010 11:17:10 AM PDT by AU72
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To: NormsRevenge

The guy is a frickin military genius. Announces withdrawal date and then assures the enemy that the date is not negotiable.

And all through history military leaders were obsessed with not giving those kinds of plans away - if only we had known what a waste of time and energy it was to guard ones military secrets the way it has been traditionally done.

It truly is a new day, isn’t it?


15 posted on 08/16/2010 11:17:11 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The White House said Monday that July 2011 was a “non-negotiable” deadline for starting a US withdrawal from Afghanistan,
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Obama; “ They have to be out before we beging the final push for re-election.”


16 posted on 08/16/2010 11:17:36 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: ClearCase_guy
He's already been thrown... and we all know how bad BO is at throwing!


17 posted on 08/16/2010 11:20:27 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Fred Hayek
"Now that the hard deadline has been made absolutely public, all the Taliban needs to do is lay low until the deadline passes. And until the deadline passes our troops and their allies will be forced to operate under even more stifling rules of engagement."

I think it could be even worse than that. The Taliban can ramp up their attacks as the deadline approaches so they can claim they drove us from the country.

18 posted on 08/16/2010 11:28:18 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: NormsRevenge
I am in touch with quite a number of Marines that will soon be returning from deployment in Afghanistan. Everyone of them has decided either to not re-enlist or to request a new billet/MOS such as recruiting.

With Gates also looking to downsize the Marines, few of the NCO's see a good career future or deployments that have meaning.

19 posted on 08/16/2010 11:30:48 AM PDT by gandalftb (OK State: Go Cowboys)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


20 posted on 08/16/2010 11:31:06 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

Words fail me.


21 posted on 08/16/2010 11:34:32 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
How long will it be before Petraeus is thrown under the bus?

Not sure Obama has a bus big enough for that task.

22 posted on 08/16/2010 11:38:41 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Squantos; Gilbo_3; NFHale
Yeah... let's see just how negotiable everything is after November of this year. :-) ...maybe sooner! But we hope not. :-)
23 posted on 08/16/2010 11:40:49 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: fatnotlazy
"With the premature withdrawal from Iraq"

I thought he was following the timetable of the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that Bush signed?

24 posted on 08/16/2010 11:41:11 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: NormsRevenge

Putting Petraeus in his place!!!

Doormat!


25 posted on 08/16/2010 11:41:17 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Nachum

“Under no circumstances will we delay our surrender.”


26 posted on 08/16/2010 11:44:04 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: ClearCase_guy

“How long will it be before Petraeus is thrown under the bus?”

My guess is sometime next May. Then Obama can say that his Petraeus’ strategy failed and we are pulling out the troops starting in July.

Of course Petraeus was a Bush person so this fits into the narrative very nicely.


27 posted on 08/16/2010 11:44:43 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Helter Skelter. The Revolution is Upon Us.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, maybe it’s negotiable with Ahmadinejad at the upcoming meeting. It’s just not negotiable with the Iraqis, Congress (especially the so-called right half of it), or the American people.


28 posted on 08/16/2010 11:55:07 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: EQAndyBuzz
“How long will it be before Petraeus is thrown under the bus?”

The real question is this:

'How long before Petraeus realizes what a scumbag OBAMA is?'

29 posted on 08/16/2010 12:10:22 PM PDT by wmileo
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To: hiredhand
unfortunately, i dont have much 'hope' for any real 'change' this november...prayin that im wrong, but the fact that weve allowed rampant corruption w/o forcing the criminals to honor our electoral process, i think has only served to embolden them to go for broke this time around...

again, prayers that im wrong, but i forsee our 'betters' in the rin-o-p demanding that WE negotiate for the size of our own cattlecars come dec...

30 posted on 08/16/2010 1:09:08 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Ben Ficklin

If I remember right, the withdrawal date was on the condition that the Iraqis would be able to take over and would not need us. The Iraqis are nowhere near ready. It’s still too soon to wtihdraw.

All those soldiers who fought and died. Probably in vain.


31 posted on 08/16/2010 1:37:20 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy
There is a provision in SOFA that allows Iraq to delay the timetable, but the US can't delay it.

It is all murky there as to what will happen, but Sadr and Chalabi have the votes to determine the prime minister and they will give those votes to whichever contender takes the strongest anti-west position.

Keep in mind that when the NeoCons invaded Iraq, Chalabi was the man they planned to put on the throne.

32 posted on 08/16/2010 3:17:25 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Gilbo_3
After November, this nation has two more years of extreme suckage to suffer through. But that's a best case, utopian version. The reality is that most likely, NOTHING will get done, or undone between November of this year and the ousting of PeeBo and that is most definitely a bad thing when our economy is still sliding into the bottomless crapper. Status quo is exactly what we DON'T need.

Also (and I hate to go on about this), but it's going to suck so bad in 2012 that conservatives will be demonized by the media for preventing any "progress" between now and then, and the demo-pricks will leverage this just as much as they can through the MSM. By that time, people will forget about what's happening right now and be mad at conservatives again for being cold and heartless to the masses of poor, unemployed people. Sheep have very short memories.

The logical thing to do is to start fire bombing MSM offices. But there are moral and legal implications, so I don't recommend it. :-)
33 posted on 08/17/2010 8:57:37 AM PDT by hiredhand
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