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Timetable Abandoned: U.S. And NATO To Wage Endless War In Afghanistan

Posted By admin On November 12, 2010 @ 10:13 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Rick Rozoff
Global Research [1],
Nov 12, 2010

The mainstream news media and alternative sources alike have seized on a recent revelation – though it is hardly such – published by McClatchy Newspapers that “The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to remove emphasis from Barack Obama’s pledge that he would begin withdrawing US forces in July 2011.” [1]

An article in this series of over a month earlier, U.S. And NATO To Wage War 15-Year War In Afghanistan And Pakistan [2], documented that much and more, and any attentive reader of news on the Internet during the preceding weeks would not have been surprised by the McClatchy feature.

On October 25 Edmund Whiteside, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Council Secretary, spoke at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and according to the local press said, “Expect the war in Afghanistan — the longest military engagement in both Canadian and American history — to continue for a ‘very long’ time.” In his exact words, “Afghanistan will be a very long military venture.”

His position will be confirmed at the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal next week, as will a major commitment demanded by the U.S.-dominated military bloc’s new Strategic Concept to be adopted at the meeting: The retention of nuclear arms in NATO’s arsenal and the continued stationing of American nuclear bombs in Europe. Whiteside also argued: “Canada says that it doesn’t need ballistic missiles. But Canada is part of a nuclear policy alliance. There’s no getting around that….” [3]

On November 8, the day before the McClatchy article appeared, the spokesman for the 152,000-troop, 50-nation, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, German Brigadier-General Josef Blotz, stated that “no timetable has been set for withdrawal of coalition troops from Afghanistan.”

Blotz confirmed that “There has been no timetable yet.”

In regard to transferring security control to Afghan forces, he said, “We will not [proceed] according to a fixed timetable, it will be carried out based on conditions to be achieved over the next couple of years.” [4]

On November 11, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada spoke on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea and said that “he’s decided…to keep troops in Afghanistan in a noncombat training role after Canada’s combat mission ends in 2011.”

Associated Press cited a senior Canadian government official verifying that his nation “will keep 750 military trainers and 250 support staff in Afghanistan until 2014….” [5]

A similarly bleak perspective on any withdrawal – or beginning of one – next year was offered on the preceding day by the commander of British forces in southern Afghanistan, Major General Nick Carter, who “gave a devastating assessment of the war effort in Afghanistan.”

Full article here [2]

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[1] Global Research: http://www.globalresearch.ca/

[2] Full article here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21883

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[5] Petraeus scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/petraeus-scandal-probe-ensnares-commander-of-u-s-nato-troops-in-afghanistan.html

[6] Nato air strike kills civilians in eastern Afghanistan, officials say: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nato-air-strike-kills-civilians-in-eastern-afghanistan-officials-say.html

[7] NATO Leaves Live Munitions Behind at Abandoned Afghan Bases: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nato-leaves-live-munitions-behind-at-abandoned-afghan-bases.html

[8] US wants more Nato troops for new Afghanistan surge: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-wants-more-nato-troops-for-new-afghanistan-surge.html

[9] NATO Airstrike in Afghanistan Claims Civilians: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nato-airstrike-in-afghanistan-claims-civilians.html

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