Pentagon to cut troop levels to 2,500 in Iraq, Afghanistan

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller on Tuesday announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home even as Republicans and U.S. allies warn against a rash withdrawal.

      The new plan will accelerate troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan in Trump’s final days in office, despite arguments from senior military officials in favor of a slower, more methodical pullout. Trump has refused to concede his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, who takes office Jan. 20, just five days after the troop withdrawals are slated to finish.

      Miller, who refused to take questions from reporters, said the plan will cut the number of troops in Afghanistan from more than 4,500 to 2,500, and in Iraq from about 3,000 to 2,500. Miller added that the U.S. remains ready to respond if conditions deteriorate.

      “If the forces of terror, instability, division and hate begin a deliberate campaign to disrupt our efforts, we stand ready to apply the capabilities required to thwart them,” he said in a roughly eight-minute statement to reporters in the Pentagon briefing room.

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    • #379006
      HassleCat
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      Promised complete withdrawal and settled for token withdrawal. He had a chance to do something useful and blew it. After Obama failed to get out, Trump could have taken bold action and bragged on himself. I guess he just wants to play golf.

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      elias39
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      by Barbara Starr. My dawg! The sky is falling! I thought she might have a nervous breakdown on a national TV program! Watch for all the mainstream media to go full-court press to KEEP THE TROOPS THERE! It would be the end of the world as we know it if you hear Starr. To paraphrase part of her distress – ‘think of all those families that would be uprooted from their homes! Think of the Afghan women! OMG!’
      I know Starr is a Pentagon spokesperson but the drama was over the top. War? It’s what we do! Wars of choice? It’s what we do. If this happens it will be the one thing trump has done in his 4 long, painful years that I can get behind. Bring them ALL home. Absent that, bring half.

    • #379011
      N2Doc
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      Plans. Plans can be delayed.  Plans can be changed. And will be Jan 20th.

    • #379028
      Nick Xylas
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      Sadly, it means that the Brunch Democrats will be applauding all the harder when Biden sends them all back again. Take that, orange man!

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      PADemD
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    • #379043
      Ohio Barbarian
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      I just hope Trump succeeds in bring all but 2500 home. Then it’s on Biden if he chooses to escalate. I don’t know if he will or not. He probably will, but he may not because of the pandemic and the economy and all.

      After the vaccine comes out, though, I wouldn’t recommend any extended vacations to Bolivia.

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    • #379063
      Red Cloud
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      Pack them all up in a big ass boat!

      Let Afghanistan control its trillion dollar resources!

    • #379088
      Snort McDork
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      Here’s more from RT

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    • #379170
      sadoldgirl
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      @hasslecat:

      I bet that the military stopped him from going all

      the way. They stopped him from getting out of Syria

      before. At least they appear to agree to a partial

      drawdown, although they may procrastinate on

      that as well. Let’s see what really will happen.

    • #379199
      3fingerbrown
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      Too bad. I was hoping he would pull them all out, if for no other reson than to give the MIC a big fuck you. Half measures just gives us half ass results.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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