Thursday, December 03, 2009

Mixed Afghan messages 'logically inconsistent'

From WorldNetDaily
Withdrawal date concerns some Democrats as well as Republicans Posted: December 02, 2009 ~ 10:46 pm Eastern By Stewart Stogel © 2009 WorldNetDaily WEST POINT, N.Y. – A mixed message delivered by President Obama about America's plans in Afghanistan have drawn a mixed reaction from members of the military who shortly may be on the ground receiving and giving orders to fight the Taliban. Obama's address last night at the U.S. military academy at West Point outlined plans to place an additional 30,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan, but he also announced a timetable for removing them. He now must sell the idea to Congress, which holds the purse strings. The plan immediately drew concerns from both Democrats and Republicans. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Obama's "mixed signals" already have undermined the chances for success of any additional troop deployment. Even members of the president's own party were concerned. "I disagree with the president's two key assumptions: that we can transfer responsibility to Afghanistan after 18 months and that our NATO allies will make a significant contribution," said Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. READ FULL STORY >
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