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Attack On U.S. Embassy Highlights Need To Exit Afghanistan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 15, 2011


Only to exit Afghanista­n could not be the solution, but also narrowing the gap between these two poles are very necessary and could be the most important solution to overcome the problem.
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Democrats Largely Disappointed With Obama’s Afghanistan Announcement

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 23, 2011

By Amanda Terkel

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers who have been pressing for a sizable and significant withdrawal of U.S. troops

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

from Afghanistan almost universally expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday night.

The president told the nation in a prime time address that 10,000 U.S. troops will be leaving the war by the end of 2011, with another 23,000 coming out by autumn of 2012. The drawdown will fully remove the troops that went in as part of the “surge” that Obama announced in his 2009 speech at West Point. Approximately 68,000 troops will still be fighting in the war.

Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told reporters on Tuesday that the president needed to put forward, at a minimum, an initial withdrawal of 15,000 troops — a number that Obama fell short of — to meet his promise of a “significant” drawdown.

“The president’s decision represents a positive development, although in my view the conditions on the ground justify an even larger drawdown of U.S. troops this year than the president announced tonight,” he said in a statement after the speech. “I will continue to advocate for an accelerated drawdown in the months ahead, and for enhanced training and partnering with Afghan forces, because only they can provide durable security for their nation.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has been a vocal supporter of a robust withdrawal, also said president’s announcement was not what she had been hoping for. “It has been the hope of many in Congress and across the country that the full drawdown of U.S. forces would happen sooner than the President laid out — and we will continue to press for a better outcome,” she said.

“[W]e’ll have twice as many combat troops in Afghanistan at the end of his term than we did at the beginning. We should instead have a path to bring those troops home,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Merkley, along with Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), was one of the authors of a letter calling for a “sizable and sustained reduction” of military forces in Afghanistan, which garnered the support of 27 senators. Merkley said he would consider an initial reduction of 15,000 to 20,000 troops to be sizable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal In Speech To Nation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 23, 2011

By Amanda Terkel

WASHINGTON — In a much-anticipated prime time address on Wednesday, President Barack Obama laid out the beginning of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan, assuring the nation that 33,000 U.S. troops will be pulled out by the autumn of 2012. Five thousand troops will be pulled out immediately, with another 5,000 leaving at the end of 2011.

“My fellow Americans, this has been a difficult decade for our country,” he said, according to prepared remarks. “Yet tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding.”

“Fewer of our sons and daughters are serving in harm’s way,” Obama added. “We have ended our combat mission in Iraq, with 100,000 American troops already out of that country. And even as there will be dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end.”

The 33,000 troops being withdrawn were part of the “surge” that Obama announced in his 2009 speech at West Point. That will leave approximately 68,000 U.S. troops still in Afghanistan, which isstill significantly higher than the amount that was in the country when Obama took office.

Administration officials sought to frame the drawdown as a positive result of the war effort, telling reporters in a conference call before the speech that the new strategy was coming “from a position of success and strength” — a similar phrase to what Obama used in his address.

“We are starting this drawdown from a position of strength,” the president said. “Al Qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of al Qaeda’s leadership. And thanks to our intelligence professionals and Special Forces, we killed Osama bin Laden, the only leader that al Qaeda had ever known. This was a victory for all who have served since 9/11. One soldier summed it up well. ‘The message,’ he said, ‘is we don’t forget. You will be held accountable, no matter how long it takes.'” Read the rest of this entry »

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Rasmussen Poll: Majority Want U.S. Troops Out Of Afghanistan Within A Year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 8, 2011


And must be like that otherwise how long foreign troops to be there? In the beginning Former Soviet Union and now US block and happening nothing good rather than bad.
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Obama To O’Reilly: U.S. Will Defeat Al Qaeda, Taliban Won’t Retake Afghanistan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 7, 2011


But when and how?
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Taliban Strength Unaffected By Allied Surge

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 7, 2011


War is business rather than the solution. As idea and ideology already created and developed, 100 or 1,000 could be killed but the seed, already created and developed idea, still remains and that could explode in any form in any time. So better not to push thousands of people in trouble to participat­e in the war, not to give millions of people unnecessar­y fear due to war, not to invite another terrible recession using billions and billions dollars in this kind of destructiv­e activities­.
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Obama’s Afghanistan War Plan

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 17, 2010

Obama’s Afghanista­n War Plan highlights progress on the battlefiel­d against insurgents­, the success of Special Forces operations and drone strikes, and achievemen­ts in training the Afghan security forces. I wonder why we so stingy to highlight peace process?
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9/11/10 — Unfinished Business Take #9

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2010

To make this kind of business never ending or ending game – that’s up to us. If we start to know ourselves and love and unite each other, it would be ended soon, if not it would be never ending.
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Obama Iraq Speech To Signal Shift To Afghan Focus

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 27, 2010


Obama, why you are sticking with word ‘war’? Why you are so stingy to use word ‘Peace’?
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20 Republicans Against The War In Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 22, 2010


When USSR was there that time also there was no winner and now also the same result. Then what made the super power to go there? Just for the trillion dollar natural resources or anything else? War can not be for democracy and social justice.
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Nation Losing Patience With Afghanistan A Year Earlier Than Obama Expected

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 22, 2010


The doubt is true. So better to think about better alternative to unite all human beings.
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$30 Billion More For Afghanistan: War Funding Bill Passes House

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 2, 2010


This shows that we are preparing more and more war in the coming days and spoiling the world in many ways and forcing the citizen of the world to survive with fear.
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Away From McChrystal and Back to the Basics

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 23, 2010

Huffington Post

Malou Innocent Foreign Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute

After the media firestorm ignited by Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his staff criticizing officials in the Obama administration, it’s high time that Americans get back to the basics about Afghanistan.

Basic #1) Afghanistan does not constitute a vital interest to the United States.

Don’t believe the hype about Afghanistan being critical to America’s security. Al Qaeda poses a manageable security problem, not an existential threat. And whatever economic value the region holds, Stephen Walt, citing Jack Synder’s Myths of Empire, does a great job disputing the contention that Afghanistan is a strategic asset because it is brimming with natural resources.

Basic #2) We Don’t Need to Remain in Afghanistan to Protect Pakistan.

It is commonly held by the foreign policy elites that if Washington abandoned Afghanistan to its fate, emboldened jihadist groups could spill into neighboring Pakistan, fatally weaken its government, and seize its nuclear weapons. Read the rest of this entry »

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