Monday, September 21, 2009

Deja Vu All Over Again: Just Send More Troops! Victory is Just Around the Corner!

Top commander warns Obama of Afghanistan failure

Press TV

(Left: Obama and Vietghanistan by Carlos Latuff)

"As the US president is doubtful about sending more US troops to war-ravaged Afghanistan, Chief of international forces in the country says if greater numbers of troops are not sent, the mission 'will likely result in failure'.

In a classified assessment of the eight-year war in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal, on Monday expressed the need for additional troops within the next year or else the conflict “will likely result in failure.”

"Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible," he warned.

The commander added that failure to provide adequate reinforcements "also risks a longer conflict, greater casualties, higher overall costs, and ultimately, a critical loss of political support." He went on to emphasize that any of these risks would likely result in mission failure....."

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