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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Getting Out in 2011

From The Nation magazine's The Dreyfuss Report by Robert Dreyfuss, June 17, 2010

Here's the excerpt ...

"Now we know, if Alter [Jonathan, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One] is right, that Obama sought and won a pledge from the brass that 'no one is going to suggest we stay' if McChrystal can’t succeed in turning over the war to the Afghans by 2011. On Capitol Hill, there’s growing disenchantment with the whole war effort, although the establishment Democrats haven’t yet broken with the White House. That disenchantment will grow as it dawns on official Washington that the Afghan National Army and the police are never, ever going to be able to take control of the war. So the main issue between now and next summer is to hold Obama to his pledge to pull US forces out of Afghanistan starting next July.

[Vice President Joe] Biden told Alter: 'In July of 2011 you're going to see a whole lot of people moving out. Bet on it.'"

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