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Major General Announces Escalation II for Obama

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True enough, Barack Obama has pledged to support a "surge" in US forces in Afghanistan, as bad an idea as that might be...[But Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen] said, without even a nod to Obama's role as incoming commander-in-chief, that he's planning to double US forces there by adding up to 30,000 new troops.

Dreyfuss called Mullen's December 2008 announcement "shocking and outrageous."

Thus the purported Escalation II arrives nearly a year after Escalation I, when Bob Woodward reported that in a war council meeting, after the Pentagon had assured Obama's team that they could get the job done with 21,000 more troops, coming back for more would produce a "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment" (WTF.)

In that meeting,

[National Security Adviser General] Jones recalled how Obama had initially decided to deploy additional forces this year. "At a table much like this," Jones said..."the president's principals met and agreed to recommend 17,000 more troops for Afghanistan." The principals...made this recommendation in February during the first full month of the Obama administration. The president approved the deployments, which included Nicholson's Marines...

"They [Pentagon staff] then said, 'If you do all that, we think we can turn this around,' " Jones said, reminding the Marines here that the president had quickly approved and publicly announced the additional 4,000...

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Jones went on, after all those additional troops, 17,000 plus 4,000 more, if there were new requests for force now, the president would quite likely have "a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment."

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Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He writes for Truth Out, Alternet, Consortium News, Op-Ed News, and other Internet media. He reported from Afghanistan in 2009 and produced a short documentary film on the (more...)
 

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