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Will US Forces Withdraw from Afghanistan?

Friday, November 22, 2013

This week, John Kerry announced that a security pact between the US and Afghanistan had been agreed upon. But in a surprise announcement just a day later, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the pact would not be signed until after Afghanistan’s presidential elections in April 2014, leaving the US military’s future presence in the country unclear. NPR’s international correspondent Sean Carberry in Kabul, and David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power discuss the possible deal, which allowed troops to stay in Afghanistan until 2024 -- although the President has long promised 2014 would be the deadline.

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Comments [9]

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Bravo, Jgarbuz.

...and Obama is a coward.

Nov. 22 2013 09:24 PM
Soldier's Father

@ jgarbuz: Once again, Mr. 4-F is all for volunteering other people's sons and daughters to serve and die overseas while he sits at home and types tough on the web.

Nov. 22 2013 11:10 AM
Dr dave from Les nyc

Outrageous. 20 minutes after USA is gone, afghan will return
To exactly as it was for 6000 years. It was all a giant
Huge useless, valueless mistake. In fact, it made
Everything worse. And wasted Trillions of dollars
And wasted many gallons of USA blood.

It's like building a sand castle at low tide.

Leaving troops to get murdered a few at
At a time.... Will not make things better

Everyone out now!

Nov. 22 2013 10:51 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Yes, we should have not gone into Afghanistan and let the Taliban continue to enslave and beat their women, and to allow Al Qaeda pull off more and bolder attacks on us and our allies. Absolutely! We should also pull out of South Korea and let the North Koreans infiltrate them, so that South Korea finally gets nukes too, and from Bahrein to let Iran take that over, etc. The US should pull out of everywhere, so that other countries are forced to get nukes to protect themselves without us. Because that is exactly what will happen. All countries we no longer choose to protect will get nukes ASAP.

Nov. 22 2013 10:45 AM
Robert from NYC

What national security? That's baloney too. Afganistan is on the other side of the world, how will they get here with their resources and great army? I mean this Sam guy got the Zionism part wrong but it sure as hell is a war for the corporates who run the government. Even you guys in the media report how DC is in the pockets of big business then when it comes to accusing DC of kow-tow to big business in these wars all around the world you get timid and call the accusers of such beliefs crazies, conspiracy theorists! What? Look, we know DC is in the pockets of the corporations and the corporations make the calls. And our troops who get screwed here at home by corporate greed then go overseas to fight corporate wars and get killed for them. Just fess up to the facts, it's all out there and so obvious.

Nov. 22 2013 10:42 AM
dan k from park slope

Many in intelligence and global strategy would argue that the cost in time, blood, and money in Afghanistan, has not been directed towards "winning," but in keeping the extremists contained in that region.
They are fighting amongst themselves there, and we have been able to use our bases there to "take out" high level Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives, which, though it's hard to have a double-blind study of, may have been better than having to fight them, or having them succeed in another operation, here.

Nov. 22 2013 10:40 AM
Diana Finch from A Critical Space

US troops will stay in Afghanistan to protect the oil and gas infrastructure - including pipelines - for Western interests. That is what it's all about.

Nov. 22 2013 10:37 AM
jgarbuz from q

Some "Palestinian" just called to say that the "Zionists on Wall Street" are behind Obama's keeping some troops in Afghanistan. THANK YOU liberal Jews for forcing the changes in the US immigration laws that helped his ilk to get in here! Thank you!

Nov. 22 2013 10:36 AM
jc

It doesn't matter whether "they" are Republican or Democrat. Surprised that they lead us to believe one thing while secretly doing another? Surely you jest.

Nov. 22 2013 10:35 AM

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