Thursday 23 June 2011


But the withdrawal of the entire surge force by the end of next summer will significantly change the way that the United States wages war in Afghanistan, analysts said, suggesting that the administration may have concluded it can no longer achieve its loftiest ambitions there.
Mr. Obama acknowledged as much in his remarks. “We will not try to make Afghanistan a perfect place,” he said. “We will not police its streets or patrol its mountains indefinitely. That is the responsibility of the Afghan government.” 
NY Times: Obama Will Speed Pullout From War in Afghanistan, June 22, 2011
Guardian: Afghanistan withdrawal: Cameron welcomes Obama plan, June 23, 2011
NY Times: 2012 Troop Pullback Worries Military Experts, June 22, 2011
WIRED. Danger Room: Obama Won’t Use Troops to Save Afghan Hellhole (Drones, Maybe), June 22, 2011
Foreign Policy: Where's the Progress?, June 22, 2011

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