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  • Grumbling on Capitol Hill About Administration’s Timeline for Afghanistan

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Senate Republicans last week that he would try to fix the problem caused by the Obama Administration’s mixed messages about its commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Alex Bolton Friday reported in The Hill that Gates told a group of Republican Senators in a closed door meeting on Tuesday that he also was frustrated by the inconsistent statements on Afghanistan policy made by various members of the Administration and that he would do his best to clear up the uncertainty in the future.

    Senator Pat Roberts (R–KS.) was quoted in the article as saying: “This administration can’t have one person speaking to a political element and others speaking to the military situation and others speaking to the geopolitical element; we’ve got to get the team working together and have one person talking about it, and it should be the president.”

    Roberts pointed out that various officials have muddied the waters by seeking to assure liberal Democrats that the war will end soon, thereby undermining the message of other officials who seek to project a resolve to win the war to foreign audiences, including the Afghans, many of whom continue to sit on the fence.

    Ultimately, only the President can resolve this issue.And he should start by abandoning his own highly unrealistic timeline for beginning a withdrawal of U.S. troops by July 2011. Counterinsurgency campaigns take time to bear fruit and the United States must be steadfast and patient to salvage a victory in Afghanistan.

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    One Response to Grumbling on Capitol Hill About Administration’s Timeline for Afghanistan

    1. West Texan says:

      BO's priorities are totally backward. I suspect to appease his leftist base. Not only has his foreign policy put America at a dangerous disadvantage, his domestic pulpit is used to bully states and private industry into submission. And all for what? This guy is no free world leader. He's a stateside tyrant. His policies are worse than useless, they're destructive. And to all the leftist goons out there, I could care less if his skin was as Lilly white as Jimmy Carter's, he's a bad excuse for a president.

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