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Seems to me that this is an effort to minimize efforts by Obama and to make it "appear" like Bush is trying Diplomacy while paving the way for his would be predecessor McDink! plus after Obama's marvelous speech on defense and moving forward in Iraq and Afghanistan Bush appears to be trying to minimize Obama and do his bidding while once again paving the way for McCain. Pentagon leaders on Wednesday signaled a surge in U.S. forces in Afghanistan "sooner rather than later" — a shift that could come later this year as they prepare to cut troop levels in Iraq. Faced with an increasingly sophisticated insurgency, particularly along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, defense officials said sending more troops would have a significant impact on the violence.
"I think that we are clearly working very hard to see if there are opportunities to send additional forces sooner rather than later," Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Pentagon reporters. But, he added that no final decisions or recommendations have been made. His comments suggested an acceleration in what had been plans to shift forces there early next year. And they came as the political discourse on Afghanistan as a key military priority escalated on both Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who recently returned from meetings with commanders in Afghanistan, said they clearly want more troops now.
"It's a tougher fight, it's a more complex fight, and they need more troops to have the long-term impact that we all want to have there," said Mullen, who also met last week with Pakistani leaders. The Pentagon has been wrestling with how to provide what they say is a much needed military buildup in Afghanistan, while they still have 150,000 troops in Iraq. Gates and Mullen have repeatedly said they would have to reduce troop levels in Iraq before they could dedicate more forces to Afghanistan. Mullen, who was in Iraq last week, told reporters that he is likely to recommend further troop reductions there this fall. He said he found that conditions in Iraq had improved more than he expected. less troops in Iraq more in Afghanistan sound familiar
* Bush has done exactly nothing right during his entire mis Presidency! He is making at least an appearance of doing the right thing as Afghanistan is increasingly failing as he guaranteed it would by attacking Iraq to ultimately go after Iran and get this entire manufactured mess going full scale. The perfect storm will not be avoided and is coming closer every day.Bush is merely creating another facade of doing the right thing this time to minimize the effectiveness of Obama's campaign. Nothing will change the mess of the entire world especially too little too late!