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  •  The road out of Afghanistan seems to be getting (1+ / 0-)
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    longer.

    Does Vice President Biden, who said that U.S. forces would leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014, really believe that and if so, why?

    It is the responsibility of the Afghans to take care of their own security," Biden said. "We are leaving in 2014. Period."
    Only days later, State Department officials explained that the U.S. and Afghan governments were preparing to start negotiations on a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that would establish the size and role of the U.S. troop mission in 2015. The BSA is a follow-up agreement based on the Strategic Partnership Agreement Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed in May, which promised an ongoing U.S. commitment to Afghanistan through 2024.
    Gen. Joe Dunford who will be taking over for General John Allen says......
    "In my view our overall objective in Afghanistan after 2014 will be to sustain our hard-won security gains after 2014 so that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists," Dunford wrote to the senators. "To accomplish this objective, the primary missions of the U.S. military in Afghanistan should be to (1) train, advise, and assist the ANSF; (2) provide support to civilian agencies, and (3) conduct counter-terrorism operations.  This mission set will include force protection for our brave young men and women and, as available, the provision of in extremis support for our Afghan forces."
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/...

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:05:49 PM PST

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