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  • Frustrated McCain unveils his own Afghanistan strategy

    WASHINGTON - Frustrated by the lack of an Afghanistan war strategy from the White House, Sen. John McCain on Thursday unveiled his own plan for winning America's longest conflict.

    "We must face facts: We are losing in Afghanistan, and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide," the Arizona Republican, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

    The proposal is more of a mission statement for how to win the nearly 16-year-old war than a blueprint. It calls for: increasing "U.S. counterterrorism forces" but does not include a precise number of new troops; imposing unspecified "diplomatic, military and economic costs" on Pakistan for its continued support of groups fighting Afghan and U.S.-led forces; and tying U.S. aid to Afghanistan on to-be-determined "benchmarks" on issues like rule of law and the fight against rampant corruption. While the proposal does not specify how many more troops should serve in Afghanistan, it says the administration should set force levels "based on political and security conditions on the ground" and "unconstrained by arbitrary timelines."

    McCain packaged his ideas in a nonbinding "sense of Congress" resolution that he aims to attach to an annual military spending authorization bill, on track for debate next month... More




  • #2
    Yay, more troops at risk!
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    • #3
      Might take a hundred more years but dang it we can win this thing! And by win I mean the tribal forces that have lived there for a thousand years promise to stop attacking while we get all of our shit out of there.

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      • #4
        I'm willing to bet Afghanistan was less than 5% of his last campaine rhetoric. He and every other congressmen should do what they said they would do before taking up subjects they didn't campaign on.

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        • #5
          McCain is a retard.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by stymiegreen View Post
            Might take a hundred more years but dang it we can win this thing! And by win I mean the tribal forces that have lived there for a thousand years promise to stop attacking while we get all of our shit out of there.
            What was the war in Afghanistan really about? The reasoning behind invading Afghanistan was supposedly to subdue and capture Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 911 attacks.

            Well, he was allegedly killed in PAKISTAN on May 2, 2011, yet 6 years later US troops are still in Afghanistan.

            It would now seem that having US bases within striking instance of Iran was more of a consideration, and the invasion of Afghanistan was but an excuse to further that objective.

            There is one ultimate undeniable truth about Afghanistan. NO ONE has ever conquered it. Alexander ("The Great") of Macedonia tried it when the land was known as Sogdiana. He spent three years there and lost both 5000 men and the respect and loyalty of his troops. He accomplished nothing.

            The collapse of the USSR has been attributed in-part to the overwhelming cost of the Afghan campaign.

            Otto von Bismark, among others, remarked, "The only thing that history teaches us is that history teaches us nothing."

            The United States has learned nothing from the history of Afghanistan and seeks to succeed where no one else ever has... As they did in Vietnam as well...
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            "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." ~ George Santayana
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            It isn't a war to "protect our freedom" and it isn't a "war on terror", it's a war on the enemies of the state of israel, plain and simple... Muslims attacked the Jewish-owned World Trade Center, a symbol of International Jewish power, on 9/11 for no other reason that the USA's support of Israel's unlawful treatment of the Palestinians and the illegal occupation of their lands...

            "Israel's hawkish foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, identified Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as the main threats to Israel."

            NOW we are getting to the heart of what this conflict is REALLY about.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by antknot View Post
              I'm willing to bet Afghanistan was less than 5% of his last campaine rhetoric. He and every other congressmen should do what they said they would do before taking up subjects they didn't campaign on.
              McCain, a big proponent of Israel was also a big proponent of the invasion of Iraq... and now we see WHY..

              When George W. Bush said, "Iraq will welcome the American army as liberators", he was referring specifically to the Kurds in the north of Iraq... With US assistance, the Kurds were in a position to control the oils fields at Kirkuk, considered the world's fifth-largest proven oil reserves with 140 billion barrels. The US plan of course was to make that oil available to Israel via an existing pipeline from Kirkuk, and a non-existing but soon-to-be constructed pipeline thru Jordan to Israel. The below map clearly shows an existing pipeline, the Iraq-Syria Pipeline, thru Syria too but labeled it as defunct.

              As you might expect, there are concentrations of US forces along the pipeline, specifically at the pumping stations [X], to protect them.
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              Proposed Iraq-Jordan Pipeline and Pumping Stations

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              • #8
                I was wondering when you'd get to "the Jews did it."

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                • #9
                  Ol' Johnny Wetstart has a plan.........lulz.

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                  • #10
                    I read an article some time back that said there was numerous mineral and rare earth deposits in Afghanistan that could be exploited/mined easily and without environment regulation.
                    So US companies get mineral rights and the military keeps China and other competitors away.

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                    • #11
                      China is already mining there and we're pretty much protecting them...Thanks Obama!

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                      • #12
                        And opium.

                        Lots of opium.

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                        • #13
                          McCain is a giant tool box. Hope this helps.

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                          • #14
                            Arizona voters are morans.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cigarettesandtea View Post
                              I was wondering when you'd get to "the Jews did it."
                              So, how do YOU explain the current US foreign policy in the Middle East ??? ... Not like this one, I bet...

                              It's ALL in here for ALL who would but see:
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                              Authors: John J. Mearsheimer, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt, Ph.D., Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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                              'The Israel Lobby' at London Review of Books (condensed version of the above)
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                              The Israel Lobby, by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy.

                              Now in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East - in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest. The lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global jihadist terror.

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