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 Increase In U.s. Troops Urged For Afghanistan
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Posted: Dec 18 2007, 08:55 AM


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Pentagon aides press for reductions in Iraq

With violence on the decline in Iraq but on the upswing in Afghanistan, President Bush is facing new pressure from the U.S. military to accelerate a troop drawdown in Iraq and bulk up force levels in Afghanistan, according to senior U.S. officials.

Administration officials said the White House could start to debate the future of the American military commitment in both Iraq and Afghanistan as early as next month. Some Pentagon officials are urging a faster drawdown of forces in Iraq than envisioned by the White House, which had planned to reduce the number of combat brigades from 20 to 15 by the end of next summer. At the same time, commanders in Afghanistan are looking for several additional battalions, helicopters and other resources to confront a resurgent Taliban movement.

The president's decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan could heavily influence his ability to pass on to his successor stable situations in both countries, an objective his advisers describe as one of the president's paramount goals for his final year in office. They say Bush will listen closely to his military commanders on the ground before making any decisions on troops but is unlikely to do anything he believes could jeopardize recent, hard-won security improvements in Iraq.


Whole story at MSNBC
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kissing blarney
Posted: Dec 18 2007, 06:21 PM


make something idiot proof...they'll make a better idiot


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Feeling a little drafty in here.
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Posted: Dec 18 2007, 09:28 PM


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QUOTE (kissing blarney @ Dec 18 2007, 06:21 PM)
Feeling a little drafty in here.

Drafty and poppy.
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