Friday, December 4, 2009

General Jones Agrees With Me: US Isn't Leaving in 2011

ACCORDING TO AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BBC, top national security advisor, General Jones, the US has no intention of pulling out in 2011:
"Its very important that people in Afghanistan hear this very clearly: this is not a withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan in 2011, it is a decision to turn over to the Afghans some of the responsibility where they are ready to accept that responsibility. But in no manner, shape or form is the United States leaving Afghanistan in 2011."
So, how does this square with Obama's statement that a withdrawal will begin in July 2011, which was widely read as an exit date?
[Obama] said "these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground."
Could it be that Obama is lying?
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