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U.S. commander in Afghanistan warns that full withdrawal will allow al-Qaeda to regroup
Washington Post ^ | March 12 | Ernesto Londoņo

Posted on 03/13/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT by xzins

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that al-Qaeda’s network in that country is in “survival mode,” but warned that a full American military drawdown after the end of the year would allow the terrorist group to regenerate there.

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford’s remarks to the Senate Armed Services Committee appeared intended to shape the White House’s deliberation over whether to leave behind a contingent for training and counterterrorism missions beyond 2014 or pull out entirely. The decision has been delayed by the Afghan president’s refusal to sign a security pact with Washington.

“A withdrawal, in my mind, means abandoning the people of Afghanistan, abandoning the endeavor that we’ve been here on for the last decade, and then providing al-Qaeda the space within which to begin again to plan and conduct operations against the West,” Dunford said.

The general said a U.S. pullout in 2015 would be a “huge moral factor for al-Qaeda,” and would allow it “to once again establish preeminence in the region and become the vanguard for the al-Qaeda movement from the region.” “If we leave at the end of 2014, the Afghan security forces will begin to deteriorate,” Dunford said. “The security environment will begin to deteriorate, and I think the only debate is the pace of that deterioration.”

Dunford testified that he supports leaving a residual force of 8,000 to 12,000 NATO troops — made up mostly of U.S. forces — and a separate contingent of a few thousand special forces to carry out counterterrorism operations.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; blood; treasure
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1 posted on 03/13/2014 6:16:59 PM PDT by xzins
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The issue with Afghanistan is blood and treasure...mostly blood. Many Americans have given their lives in that piece of earth. As one mother lamented about the results in Iraq after our withdrawal...”as if my son died for nothing.”

I deeply regret that this was fought wrong from the beginning. What should have been a reprisal and exit became a war and nation building of endless numbers of years with continued American blood shed.

If we don’t intend to go all in and achieve an unconditional surrender, then we should stop shedding US blood.


2 posted on 03/13/2014 6:17:44 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

But who will listen to him?


3 posted on 03/13/2014 6:18:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: xzins

I believe in a nearly full withdrawal, but I want us to leave behind a base which could house up to 300,000 soldiers. It also has 100+ drones that monitor Iran and a contingent force of about 10,000 troops.


4 posted on 03/13/2014 6:20:19 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: Salvation

No one. If it’s contrary to Obama’s wants, this general just showed courage. I think he’s right about al Qaeda, but I think he’s wrong about the solution.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 6:21:35 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

What mushrooms?


6 posted on 03/13/2014 6:22:03 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: castlegreyskull

I believe in beating your enemy’s head in with everything you’ve got ‘til he cries uncle, and if you’re not willing to do that, then don’t get involved in a long-term war.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 6:23:37 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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What if we have to go solo?


8 posted on 03/13/2014 6:24:06 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: xzins

May the force be there!


9 posted on 03/13/2014 6:25:10 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: xzins
Karzai doesn't want us there. So we're leaving and good riddance to them.
10 posted on 03/13/2014 6:25:51 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

See #2 & 7


11 posted on 03/13/2014 6:26:33 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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Ain’t no real big secret/


12 posted on 03/13/2014 6:26:37 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: xzins
hell, my bookie coulda told me that...
13 posted on 03/13/2014 6:28:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: xzins
Screw you, Gen Dunford!!!

You have a responsibility to tell the President and Congress this is not winnable with the objectives and ROE as is.

14 posted on 03/13/2014 6:33:24 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: DoodleDawg

I have no desire to shed our blood to save Afgani’s, Iraqi’s or muslims in general. At the end of the day, we’ll still be infidels and they will still hate us.


15 posted on 03/13/2014 6:34:24 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: xzins
While I want the US out of Afghanistan, with the exception of occasional raids to kill terrorists, I suppose this is the best we can hope for.

Around 15 thousand there forever.

That's the way we should have handled Iraq.

But why Afghanistan?

16 posted on 03/13/2014 6:35:23 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: xzins

I don’t think we ever defined the enemy in Afghanistan. However, Russia, China and Iran are our enemy, and having a large base there, makes us more capable with dealing with such threats.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: xzins

Who cares. There’s real shit brewing in other parts of the world that take precedence over this hell hole.


18 posted on 03/13/2014 6:35:31 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: castlegreyskull; xzins
"I don’t think we ever defined the enemy in Afghanistan"

Bush did when he went in: The Terrorist training camps and the "State" that supported them.

Both were eliminated within the first few months and that's when we should have got out.

Back for occasional killing sprees, of course.

19 posted on 03/13/2014 6:39:58 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: xzins
Sadly the Al-Quedans have regrouped and have their champions in the Executive Branch. I understand we've shed precious American blood - but given the Rules of Engagement that we've imposed on our men, and given the fool-hardy idea of ‘nation building’ in that part of the world (while prohibiting any evangelism that might truly break the shackles of the people over there) — what is the point? Let Al-Queda take back that pile of rocks - and lets focus on protecting our borders and getting the traitors out of office.
20 posted on 03/13/2014 6:41:02 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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