They are going into Iran from Afghanistan! We keep hearing the Iraqi's saying they have destroyed terrorism there and want us out ASAP. However Bush says no! That tells me they are not a sovereign Nation. They are a Bush Satellite to future war and hopeful monetary gain with their oil! There are still 2 million permanent refugees in Iraq and the Government still cannot supply anywhere near the utilities and societal infrastructure and security Saddam did! However it is time to go before we are humiliated and forced to leave as we did in Vietnam! I was in at the time and it really hurt seeing me humiliated that way! That said it is way past the time for Iraq and the world to see what they do with this so called opportunity to have a Democracy and put our focus back on Afghanistan where it should be!
As Bush used Saddam as the excuse to attack Iraq he used unseating the Taliban as the excuse to go after Afghanistan. Destroying Afghanistan's ability to house and fund so called terrorists and Al Qaeda could have been done without a full scale war here but like Iraq that was not the goal but only a step to go after the original goal Iran and get this new (dis)order war going full scale. As a result as in Iraq we may not have liked the way things were done but it worked and kept their version of order. The Taliban had opium essentially eradicated. Thanks to Bush the country now makes more than the world can use and he has single handedly given Al Qaeda, the Taliban, or whatever you call them a steady income! As you know while Bush and McSame brag about the surge working and how successful Iraq is they keep forgetting to mention America is failing and so too is Afghanistan. Let's look at the latest in that end!
not just what we discussed and the increased killings along with the Prison break freeing 400 hundred Taliban but The Nato-led effort to subdue the Taliban suffered one of its heaviest blows since the 2001 invasion yesterday when nine US soldiers were killed and 15 other Nato troops injured in a day-long battle in a region close to the Pakistan border. The US troops died as their base came under attack in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan. The news puts further pressure on Pakistan, where coalition forces believe many Taliban militants are based. It was among the biggest losses for the coalition since the start of the war. The fighting was set off after a multi-pronged militant assault on a small, remote US base. Militants fired machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars from homes and a mosque in the village of Wanat, in Kunar, a mountainous region that borders Pakistan, Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said.
* Elsewhere, Taliban militants killed two women in central Afghanistan after accusing them of working as prostitutes on a US base. The women, dressed in burkas, were shot and killed on Saturday just outside Ghazni city in central Afghanistan.Taliban suicide bombs have killed more than 230 civilians and wounded nearly 500 this year. There are signs that Washington is losing patience with Pakistan for not stopping the use of its tribal area as a safe haven for Taliban and al-Qaida. Worse, parts of Pakistan's security apparatus are suspected of secretly supporting the Taliban. There are fears in Pakistan that the US could attack militants based on Pakistan's side of the border, concern that will be heightened by the scale of the US casualties yesterday. On Saturday, the head of the US military, Admiral Mike Mullen, made a surprise visit to Islamabad with a blunt message: cooperate in the "war on terror" or face unilateral US intervention. Britain has already signaled that Afghanistan has become a higher priority than Iraq, as it draws down troops from Basra and steps up its involvement in Helmand. There were signs at the weekend that Washington may be considering a similar switch, as it emerged that George Bush is deliberating faster troop withdrawals from Iraq during his final months in the White House. The New York Times reported yesterday that as many as three of the 15 combat brigades in Iraq could be withdrawn by the time he leaves office. Afghanistan getting worse and will get a lot worse
Britain is right afghanistan has one again become the front in the so called war on terror!
* Obama is also right! In an op-ed piece in Monday's New York Times, embraced Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's recent call for a timetable for American troops to leave Iraq as "an enormous opportunity." The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's column, titled "My Plan for Iraq," repeated his pledge that "on my first day in office, I would give the military a new mission: ending this war." Obama wrote that U.S. troops would be redeployed from Iraq to "focus on the broader security challenges that we face" and that "unlike Senator McCain, I would make it absolutely clear that we seek no presence in Iraq similar to our permanent bases in South Korea."
The report references the need for additional troops in Afghanistan, where efforts by the Taliban have increased, as a cause for the consideration to withdraw troops. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen have both said they want to begin shifting focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, and to withdrawal forces from Iraq based on conditions on the ground. If Iraq remains on the positive trends through September, removing additional troops would be the logical next step. Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking Republican Dick Lugar said it may not be so easy to leave Iraq because Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has several political problems, including provincial elections, a fragile security in Anbar that could delay a Status of Forces Agreement and individual provincial leaders attempting to make independent oil deals that ignore how the revenues are to be distributed.
"As far as our troops are concerned, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, has indicated we need troops in Afghanistan. But he has no troops to send to Afghanistan," Lugar, R-Ind., said. "So it is logical in the military sequence that we are going to move troops out of Iraq, not immediately perhaps to Afghanistan, but at least to relieve the strain, which is intense right now upon our armed forces. And that is why it may make sense." Bush Weighs Stepped Up Pace of Iraq Withdrawal
* The pace shoud be stepped up but nothing is going to prevent the total middle east and world breakdown Bush Guaranteed day one! It dawned on me that I keep saying Bush wants to stay in Iraq until he can go to war with Iran but knowing Bush is sending troops clandestinely from Afghanistan into Iran and believing that it is do or die for Iraq and they have to step up and deal with Iran if she attacks because of Bush. we shoud there for consolidate in Afghanistan and the war monger Bush can instigate Iran from there. We need Obama!