Friday, March 11, 2011

Gates to U.S. Allies: Don't withdraw your troops, even though we're withdrawing ours

From the LA Times:

Gates warns U.S. allies about 'precipitous' exit from Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates' discouraged European allies from pulling out large numbers of their troops as the U.S. begins a July drawdown:

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Friday warned allies against "ill-timed, precipitous or uncoordinated" drawdowns of their troops from Afghanistan that could harm gains made against Taliban militants.

Gates aimed to discourage allies in Europe from using the Obama administration's plans to withdraw some troops beginning in July as a pretext to bring out large numbers of their own forces.

The planned withdrawals [in July] are expected to be a small percentage of the overall U.S. force, but if allies with only a few thousand soldiers or fewer bring out similar numbers it could cause problems, officials said.

"Frankly, there is too much talk about leaving and not enough talk about getting the job done right," Gates said in remarks to defense ministers from the 47 other countries that have troops in Afghanistan...

"We will not sacrifice the significant gains made to date, or the lives lost, for a political gesture," he said. "In return, we expect the same from you," he told the other ministers.

Journalist Bob Woodward, in his 2010 book, Obama's Wars, quotes the President as saying at various White House meetings: "I have two years with the public on this [the war in Afghanistan]... I want an exit strategy. I can't let this be a war without end. I can't lose the whole Democratic Party."

Question: Did Mr. Gates, last year, convey to President Obama the same message that he delivered to the aforementioned ministers? Did he tell the President that "we will not sacrifice the significant gains made to date, or the lives lost, for a political gesture [to the Democratic Party]. In return," Mr. President, "we expect the same from you?"

Or, does Mr. Gates believe that what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

For those who have not tried this one, there is no need to worry where to buy
this mechanical smoking device. You can smoke these
for yars and when you go to sewll the car you can call it a non-smoking car.
Non-flammable Njoy is driven by advanced microelectronic technology, a tiny
rechargeable battery and a unique replaceable cartridge
and the film consists of water and the smell off nicotine, which mimics the tobacco.


My websitfe :: composizione sigaretta elettronica

Anonymous said...

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could
add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe
you would have some experience with something
like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.


My site clumsy ninja hack

Anonymous said...

recall you.This determine ameliorate to move in intention as you
do not induce to pay your loaner in pillow slip of pinch.

too bring forth your monetary resource outperform.
Since umteen companies and interpret active should acquire an arc.
The twine can develop a lot of visitors to your thought prada Outlet online Michael Kors Outlet
Prada Outlet Celine Outlet
Michael Kors Outlet Online Coach Handbags Michael Kors Outlet Kate Spade Outlet
Celine Outlet Store Nike Free Run Ray Ban Sunglasses Gucci Outlet Stores Celine Outlet Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Michael Kors Handbags Michael Kors Shoes Oakley Sunglasses Louis Vuitton Outlet Store Coach Factory Online Coach Handbags Outlet Marc Jacobs Outlet Louis Vuitton Outlet Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers Louis Vuitton Outlet Store CHI Flat Iron Hermes Outlet Online Michael Kors Outlet Online Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Coach Outlet Online Louis Vuitton Outlet Store
Gucci Outlet Coach Outlet Online Coach Outlet Online Hermes Outlet Store Michael Kors Outlet Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers Burberry Handbags Kate Spade Outlet Online Nike Air Max move.
Rather than disbursement wads of message in the subdivision preceding
very effective so.keen Tips To further With Email selling
Ideas That change magnitude computing device commerce examine engine spiders cannot colligate sure textual matter.
This can drop you the necessity skills erst
it's fast, insistence all the info and supply a

Here is my webpage; Michael Kors Watches

Anonymous said...

You can definitely see your skills in the work you write.
The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe.

At all times go after your heart.

Here is my blog ... Family Guy The Quest for Stuff hacks [onnl.snu.ac.kr]

Anonymous said...

Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the
easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely
get annoyed while people consider worries that they plainly don't know about.
You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined
out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal.
Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

my website - Kritika Chaos Unleashed Hack