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Obama Hedges On July 2011 Drawdown Date For Afghanistan, Giving Leeway To Gen. Petraeus

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

Oldspeak: ” ‘The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living.’ Sigh. No Bueno Obama, No Bueno. BRING ‘EM HOME.”

From Richard Sisk @ The Daily News:

President Obama went squishy Thursday on July 2011 as a hard-and-fast date for troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, giving some leeway to new commander Gen. David Petraeus.

The drawdown date was set last year in the agreement to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to the combat zone, but “we did not say that starting July 2011 suddenly there would be no troops from the U.S. or allied countries in Afghanistan,” Obama said.

“We didn’t say we’d be switching off the lights and closing the door behind us,” Obama added during a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the White House.

Obama said July 2011 should be seen more as a date for a transfer of responsibility to Afghan forces. He also said he will be relying heavily on Petraeus’ advice when the pullout date and war strategy come up for another major administration review in December.

Petraeus sought to avoid comment on troop withdrawals as he went to Capitol Hill to visit members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. That panel will hold hearings next week on his certain confirmation to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.

“I support the President’s policy,” Petraeus told CNN, but he also will be providing his “professional advice” for the December war review.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left for Afghanistan yesterday to ease the concerns of field commanders over Obama’s sacking of McChrystal and Petraeus’ succession.

Earlier, Mullen joined Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Pentagon in agreeing that McChrystal had to go after mocking Obama and the civilian leadership in a stunning Rolling Stone magazine article.

“Honestly, when I first read it, I was nearly sick,” Mullen said of the magazine piece. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Gates said that McChrystal’s remarks made his position “untenable.” But he stressed that McChrystal’s contempt for the chain of command was not typical of the top uniformed leadership.

“This is an anomaly, not a systemic problem,” Gates said.

  1. […] -Chris Hedges. Looks like it’s official. The U.S. is never leaving Afghanistan. Last June, Obama hedged on his pledge to begin withdrawing troops in July 2011. Today, Biden is saying “It is not our intention to govern or to nation-build….If the […]

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