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Monday, January 08, 2007

Backwards: Purge & Surge - Afghanistan & Iraq

Where are the troops for the Bush Surge/Escalation in Iraq to come from?

Well, FDL catches a couple of nuggets in a piece from the Boston Globe that suggests some of the troops will come from Afghanistan.

Here are the key portions from the Globe:

A US Army battalion fighting in a critical area of eastern Afghanistan is due to be withdrawn within weeks to deploy to Iraq.

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Conway said US commanders understand that the Afghan war is an "economy of force" operation, a military term for a mission that is given minimal resources because it is a secondary priority, in this case behind Iraq.


Afghanistan - the plausible nation building project - will get worse so that Bush can take a flyer at his vanity project.

2 Comments:

  • And, uh... WHERE was Osama Bin Laden based out of when the 9/11 attacks occurred?

    It's unbelievable to me. Everyone seems to have forgotten about Afganistan, where the Taliban are still very strong and are conducting daily operations against US forces and Afgan national troops.

    By Blogger Trish Egan & Harold Phillips, at 8:13 AM  

  • Both wars are losing propositions in the long term. There are 40 million Poshtunes (sp) in Afganistan and Pakistan. Short of Nukin' them, there are simply too many of them to kill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:42 AM  

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