Posted tagged ‘Pentagon’

Afghanistan Surge

January 27, 2009

Biden warns of higher US death toll Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden says the nation should expect more U.S. military casualties as the Obama administration plans to send additional troops to Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials say they plan to send up to 30,000 additional troops to the Afghan war, where the Taliban is resurgent and violence has been on the rise. The request for more troops from military commanders was endorsed by the Bush administration and has been favored by the Obama government, too.

Biden said Sunday that additional U.S. forces will be engaging the enemy more. Asked if that means the U.S. public should expect more American casualties, the vice president said: “I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick.”

Biden spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090125/ap_on_go_pr_wh/biden_afghanistan_1

It will be interesting to watch all the liberals who so loudly criticized George W. Bush’s “troop surge” in Iraq defending and applauding Obama’s “troop surge” in Afghanistan.

“Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss…”

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More “Change” Ahead

December 24, 2008

The Washington Times reports that President-elect Obama wants most of the Bush war team to stay.

“Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that Mr. Gates wants to retain temporarily most political appointees, saying nearly all of the service secretaries and undersecretaries will remain until Senate confirmation of their successors, which can take months. He declined to identify who will be asked to leave. ”

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And the Wall Street Journal has a piece about Democrats working desperately to lower expectations.

Even as they depict a massive stimulus package as indispensable to turning the economy around, U.S. Democratic leaders are aggressively lowering expectations that the package will yield dramatic accomplishments quickly.

Rep. David Obey, who is playing a key role in assembling the stimulus plan, which is expected to approach $800 billion, said recently that an infusion of federal spending is “the only game in town.” But the Wisconsin Democrat, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was careful to add: “The downward momentum appears too strong to end the recession anytime soon.”

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I’m not the least bit surprised but I am interested to see how long it takes for most Democratic voters to become disillusioned and disappointed. How does that go again… the more things change, the more they stay the same.