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March 28, 2008

Admiral Mullen on Afghanistan and Iraq
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen gave an interview to NPR this morning

If the current round of fighting subsides and the U.S. withdrawals from Iraq go ahead as planned, Mullen says, he's exploring the idea of shifting troops to Afghanistan — an effort that he says is vastly under resourced.

"So, should we be in a position where more troops are removed from Iraq, the possibility of sending additional troops there — where we need them, clearly — certainly it's a possibility. But it's really going to be based on the availability of troops. We don't have troops — particularly in Brigade Combat Team size — sitting on the shelf, ready to go."

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US and NATO military occupation in Afghanistan, now in its seventh year, has made the country more of an economic basket case then it already was, with people unable to find food or employment. The solution for this from the Admiral commanding the good ship Pentagon? Send more troops to "where we need them, clearly."

The Russians couldn't conquer Afghanistan in the last century with twice the manpower and three times the equipment, and the British failed in the century before that. We know what happened to those empires, yet many clueless Americans, a lot of them getting misinformed by NPR, refer to Afghanistan as the good war.

The Russians couldn't conquer Afghanistan in the last century with twice the manpower and three times the equipment

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And we are able to do absolutely nothing other than bearing these unfair conditions because we have to consume oil anyway and we tend not to create oil

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One of his priorities is to shorten Army deployments from the current 15 months to 12 months.

The first part of what the President said is sort of boilerplate: we won't impose democracy or our system of government on another country, yada-yada, even when we do.

not afraid to praise the Bush administration's foreign policy initiatives if they merit it, or criticize them when appropriate.

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