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Bait-and-Switch in Afghanistan

Posted By admin On September 20, 2010 @ 9:12 am In World News | Comments Disabled

GARETH PORTER
Counterpunch [1]
Sept 20, 2010

In interviews in recent weeks, Gen. David Petraeus has been taking a line on what will happen in mid-2011 that challenges President Barack Obama’s intention to begin a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by that date. This new Petraeus line is the culmination of a brazen bait and switch maneuver on the war by the most powerful military commander in modern U.S. history.

It represents a new stage in the process by which Petraeus, abetted by his allies in the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, has appropriated much of the power over decisions on war policy that rightly belongs to the commander-in-chief.

President Obama agreed to the troop surge for Afghanistan last November on the explicit condition that Petraeus and the Pentagon agreed to begin handing over real responsibility for security to the Afghan army and begin a real drawdown of U.S. troops by July 2011. The account by Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, based on interviews with those who participated in the meetings on Afghanistan last fall, shows that Obama was quite clear and determined about the war policy he wanted in Afghanistan:

There would be no nationwide counterinsurgency strategy; the Pentagon was to present a “targeted” plan for protecting population centers, training Afghan security forces, and beginning a real—not a token—withdrawal within 18 months of the escalation.

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[5] Obama, the Prince of Bait-and-Switch: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-the-prince-of-bait-and-switch.html

[6] 1.8 billion barrel oilfield discovered in Afghanistan, Petraeus says US may need to stay longer: http://www.prisonplanet.com/1-8-billion-barrel-oilfield-discovered-in-afghanistan-petraeus-says-us-may-need-to-stay-longer.html

[7] The Open Door in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-open-door-in-afghanistan.html

[8] US commander asks for 40,000 More Troops For Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-commander-asks-for-40000-more-troops-for-afghanistan.html

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