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  • US removes remaining personnel from Yemen

    03/22/2015 7:53:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2015 | (With AP)
    The U.S. has removed all remaining personnel from Yemen as Shiite rebels controlling the country’s capital called for others to join its battle against government forces. The State Department said in a statement it is removing personnel due to the “deteriorating security situation” in the country. The State Department also said it will continue to engage the Yemeni people and international community to support the country’s political transition. […] The U.N. Security Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Yemen as well. The closed-door meeting is expected to take place Sunday. …
  • Obama pledges to end Afghanistan war at year’s end

    05/25/2014 7:29:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is promising U.S. forces in Afghanistan that America’s longest war will come to a close at the end of the year. The president made a surprise visit Sunday to Bagram Air Field to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend with troops. He says the war is at a pivotal moment, with Afghan forces taking over primary responsibility for the security of their country. …
  • Obama: When War in Afghanistan Is Over, We Will Fight a War in Afghanistan

    02/13/2013 10:53:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/12/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night that he will end the war in Afghanistan by the end of next year, and that after that he will keep tens of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan to fight a war in Afghanistan. “And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” said Obama. For the period after 2014, he said, “We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again...
  • U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan after 2014

    01/08/2013 8:54:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 8th, 2013 | Mike Mount
    The Obama administration is considering the possibility of removing all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission officially finishes at the end of 2014, White House officials said Tuesday. The comments by Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national security adviser, come as the Pentagon and White House mull over the number of troops that could be left in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama are scheduled to meet on Friday in Washington. Rhodes said the administration is considering a range of options, with one scenario...
  • Petraeus Just Another Mystery Victim in the Benghazi Triangle

    11/12/2012 4:10:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | November 12, 2012 | John Ransom
    Watch out! There is a cosmic force at work. One by one, people caught up in the Benghazi Triangle are disappearing. First it was AFRICOM commander General Carter F. Ham who was given early retirement. Ham’s sphere of military authority extended to Benghazi. Then Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, who commanded the aircraft carrier attack task group in the Mediterranean near Benghazi, was recalled to Bremerton pending a Navy Inspector General investigation. And now another coincidental “resignation” in the chain of command working the Benghazi overwatch is either pointing to a cosmic force at work, or gasp! a cover up....
  • Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett: Brought Together by Fickle Fate, or Something More?

    08/15/2011 11:09:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 8/15/11 | Trevor
    Henry Wallace’s Progressive Party of the 1940s was nothing but a tool the Communist Party USA – and by extension, the Soviet Union. Today’s Democratic Party is also heavily infiltrated by the now pro Chinese Communist Party USA and their almost as equally extreme comrades from Democratic Socialists of America. Here’s an interesting picture from the 1940s. Henry Wallace chatting with Chicago journalist and Progressive Party supporter Vernon Jarrett. It turns out that around this time Vernon Jarrett was a leader of the Chicago chapter of American Youth for Democracy – the youth wing of the Communist Party. Chicago communist...
  • Obama to announce return of 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by end of next year

    06/22/2011 9:19:24 AM PDT · by americanophile · 70 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 22, 2011 | Corbett B. Daly
    President Obama's "surge" of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan announced in late 2009 was meant to be temporary, and Wednesday night the president is expected to announce that they will return home by around the time voters head to the polls to determine whether he gets another term. In prime-time speech to the nation, Obama is expected to say about 5,000 troops will begin coming home this summer with an additional 5,000 troops by the end of this year, sources told CBS News. And about 20,000 more troops are expected to return to the United States by the end of 2012,...
  • Petraeus Would Endorse 30,000 Troops Home by End of 2012(5,000 end of 2011, 5,000 Spring 2012)

    06/20/2011 10:46:35 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Monday, June 20, 2011 | Marc Ambinder
    Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, would endorse a presidential announcement that the 30,000 troops committed as part of a 2009 surge to the country would be back home by end of 2012, military and administration officials tell National Journal. Formally, Petraeus wants to withdraw one brigade combat team of about 5,000 troops by the end of the year, and another 5,000 by the spring of next year. But mindful that the political environment in the U.S. and in Congress has turned sharply against the war, Petraeus is aware that the extra brigades he inherited cannot...
  • If there's no mission, when's it accomplished?

    04/01/2011 9:55:08 PM PDT · by JLS · 26 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 1 April 2011 | Mark Steyn
    If I recall correctly, we went into Libya – or, at any rate, over Libya – to stop the brutal Gadhafi dictatorship killing the Libyan people. And, thanks to our efforts, a whole new mass movement of freedom-loving democrats now has the opportunity to kill the Libyan people. As the Los Angeles Times reported from Benghazi, gangs of young gunmen are roaming the city "rousting Libyan blacks and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa from their homes and holding them for interrogation as suspected mercenaries or government spies." According to the New York Times, "Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned...
  • Defiant Gaddafi pledges victory

    03/22/2011 8:37:25 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 7 replies
    The Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, has appeared at a site in Tripoli that was recently attacked by the Western coalition and told his followers: "We will be victorious in the end." In a brief speech at the Bab al-Aziziya compound, targeted on Sunday, he said "all Islamic armies" should join him. Forces loyal to Col Gaddafi are engaged in fierce fighting with rebels. -snip- Col Gaddafi made a speech that lasted about three minutes and was carried on state television. He said there was a "new crusader battle launched by crusader countries on Islam". "Long live Islam everywhere. All...
  • Live Thread: Obama to Speak About Gen. McChrystal 1:30 P.M. EDT 6/23/10

    06/23/2010 10:23:00 AM PDT · by kristinn · 120 replies
    June 23, 2010 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about whether Gen. Stanley McChrystal will keep his position as Afghan commander at 1:30 P.M. EDT.Obama will be speaking from the Rose Garden.There have been no leaks as to his decision.CNN reports McChrystal is meeting with his staff. No word from them as to whether even McChrystal knows.
  • The Fed's Anti-Inflation Exit Strategy Will Fail

    01/27/2010 5:41:03 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies · 532+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 27, 2010 | Allen Meltzer
    (Sooner or later the pressure to lend out excess bank reserves will be unstoppable...) Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has explained his exit strategy to prevent future inflation. The Fed recently began to pay interest to banks on the reserves they hold in their vaults. Using this new tool, it claims the ability to get banks to keep the money instead of lending it out, thus containing the money supply and inflation. I don't believe this will work, and no one else should.The exit strategy is incomplete. Proponents are guilty of practicing economics without prices. They never say what the...
  • Afghan exit strategy takes shape ahead of London talks

    01/25/2010 2:15:17 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 1 replies · 153+ views
    Yahoo India News (Reuters) ^ | January 26, 2010 | William Maclean
    Politicians and Western army chiefs mapped out the contours of an Afghanistan exit strategy on Monday, with three generals holding out the possibility of an eventual peace deal with the Taliban. British army chief General Sir David Richards told Reuters negotiations with the Taliban could be considered but must be done from a position of strength. "So it's a matter of timing, not the principle." He spoke ahead of a conference in London expected to agree a framework for the Afghan government to begin taking charge of security in line with a 2011 timetable set by President Barack Obama to...
  • An unserious approach to war

    12/03/2009 3:25:29 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 631+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 3, 2009 | George F. Will
    A traveler asks a farmer how to get to a particular village. The farmer replies, "If I were you, I wouldn't start from here." Barack Obama, who asked to be president, nevertheless deserves sympathy for having to start where America is in Afghanistan. But after 11 months of graceless disparagements of the 43rd president, the 44th acts as though he is the first president whose predecessor bequeathed a problematic world. And Obama's new Afghanistan policy strikingly resembles his predecessor's plan for Iraq, which was: As Iraq's security forces stand up, US forces will stand down.
  • Britain and US prepared to open talks with the Taliban

    07/27/2009 4:31:14 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 89 replies · 2,925+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 27, 2009 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    A concerted effort to start unprecedented talks between Taliban and British and American envoys was outlined today in a significant change in tactics designed to bring about a breakthrough in the attritional, eight-year conflict in Afghanistan. Senior ministers and commanders on the ground believe they have created the right conditions to open up a dialogue with "second-tier" local leaders now the Taliban have been forced back in a swath of Helmand province. They are hoping that Britain's continuing military presence in Helmand, strengthened by the arrival of thousands of US troops, will encourage Taliban commanders to end the insurgency. There...
  • What is the Exit Strategy for Obama's Asian War?

    07/16/2009 9:43:07 AM PDT · by mission9 · 148+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 07-16-09 | Ranger
    The surge has worked in Iraq. In 2006, the widespread belief of many in Washington, such as the Iraq Study Group, and Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, was that the war was lost, and that we had no alternative but to withdrawal in defeat. History will record that the legacy of the George W. Bush Presidency is victory in Iraq. There seems to be no doubt that despite some danger and setbacks, the signed exit agreement for withdrawal negotiated by the Bush administration will play out by 2010. There is now a relatively stable democracy in Iraq that is...
  • G8 prepares for global recovery (Green shoot cult?)

    06/13/2009 7:02:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 401+ views
    FT ^ | 06/13/09 | Guy Dinmore
    G8 prepares for global recovery By Guy Dinmore in Lecce, Italy Published: June 13 2009 12:32 | Last updated: June 13 2009 12:32 G8 finance ministers on Saturday agreed that their economies were showing “increased signs of stabilisation” and for the first time started to craft exit strategies to counter the inflationary impact of their stimulus measures. A draft communique of their ministerial meeting in Lecce – a Baroque city in southern Italy that was sealed off for two days of talks – noted a recovery in stock markets, a decline in interest rate spreads, improved business and consumer confidence...
  • Barack's Obama; The New Iraq

    06/04/2009 10:49:17 AM PDT · by h20skier66 · 1 replies · 173+ views
    Commodity News ^ | June 4, 2009 | James Bibbings
    Excerpted from: Exit Strategy; noun - A plan for removing oneself from a difficult situation if it arises- 1. "The method by which a venture capitalist or business owner intends to get out of an investment that he or she has made in the past." "Though Mr. Obama's comments are sound in principal, how will they play out in practice? Never once (to my knowledge) has there been a detailed discussion of what the government's exit strategy at GM will be. Not once have the US tax payers heard a reasonable explanation as to how they will get out...
  • Gibbs: We're Gonna Hold Onto GM Till We're Good and Ready

    06/01/2009 7:16:57 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 12 replies · 791+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | June 1, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    I guess you can only fire the new CEO on Election Day.
  • Obama: U.S. must have "exit strategy" in Afghanistan

    03/22/2009 4:34:22 PM PDT · by bill1952 · 52 replies · 1,282+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/09 | Chris W
    President Barack Obama insisted on Sunday that military force alone would not end the war in Afghanistan and suggested a U.S. "exit strategy" could be part of a new comprehensive policy he is expected to unveil soon... "What we can't do is think that just a military approach in Afghanistan is going to be able to solve our problems," Obama said. "So what we're looking for is a comprehensive strategy. And there's got to be an exit strategy ... There's got to be a sense that this is not perpetual drift..."
  • Exit strategy is still forming

    03/19/2009 1:39:38 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 280+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 19, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    Iraqi, U.S. officials cite different pullout terms As the endgame of the U.S. involvement in Iraq develops, some plans are in place but there are several practical questions that remain unanswered. Under the withdrawal plan announced by President Barack Obama in late February, some 35,000 to 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in Iraq from summer 2010 to the end of 2011. Their mission is supposed to be limited to training Iraqi forces, conducting counter-terrorism operations, and protecting U.S. civilian and military personnel operating in the country. Some of the previous ideas about a continuing U.S. presence in the region have...
  • GOP's 'exit strategy' abandons conservative incumbents

    10/29/2008 8:42:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies · 796+ views
    One News Now ^ | October 29, 2008 | Jim Brown and Jody Brown
    The Family Research Council is accusing the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) of "abandoning" two socially conservative female congresswomen who are running for re-election. FRC says the National Republican Campaign Committee has pulled ad spending from races involving freshman Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and Colorado Representative Marilyn Musgrave. It was Musgrave who proposed the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004. David Nammo is executive director of FRC Action PAC. He says whether it was going to give Bachmann and Musgrave money or stop running ads for them, the NRCC sent the wrong message to social conservatives by announcing it was pulling...
  • Marine, Back from Iraq, Shot Dead in His Home Town

    06/01/2008 10:00:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 404+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 1, 2008
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target. Despite his caution, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, 21, was shot point-blank in the neck during a robbery at a bus stop. Feeding and breathing tubes kept him alive 41/2 months, until he died of an infection on May 18. Two men have been charged in the attack, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said Friday the...
  • Bin Laden Looks for an Exit Strategy

    09/11/2007 3:46:40 PM PDT · by brityank · 40 replies · 1,277+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 11 Sep 2007 | Stephen Schwartz
    Bin Laden Looks for an Exit StrategyBy Stephen Schwartz : 11 Sep 2007 Since 2001, each September we remember. Today, we first think of the frontline fighters in Iraq, Americans, Iraqis, and other members of the Coalition in combat, first against Saudi-incited, Wahhabi terrorism - miscalled a "Sunni insurgency." But none of us forgets the terror inflicted on the whole world six years ago; the sudden appearance, after so many years, of a real sense of American national unity, and the equally-surprising commitment to change in U.S. policies in the Middle East. President George W. Bush, in vowing to...
  • Scaife-Owned Newspaper Calls for Iraq Troop Withdrawal -- Questions Bush's 'Mental Stability'

    07/16/2007 5:32:58 PM PDT · by ventana · 21 replies · 1,476+ views
    Editor & Publisher/ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 16, 2007 3:29 PM ET | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK The Pittsburgh newspaper owned by conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife yesterday called the Bush administration's plans to stay the course in Iraq a "prescription for American suicide." The editorial in the Tribune-Review added, "And quite frankly, during last Thursday's news conference, when George Bush started blathering about 'sometimes the decisions you make and the consequences don't enable you to be loved,' we had to question his mental stability." ...
  • A political program to exit Iraq

    07/03/2007 7:36:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 520+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | July 2, 2007 | Henry A. Kissinger
    The war in Iraq is approaching a kind of self-imposed climax. Public disenchantment is palpable. Congress will surely press for an accelerated, if not total, withdrawal of American forces. Demands for a political solution are likely to mount. But precipitate withdrawal would produce a disaster. It would not end the war but shift it to other areas, like Lebanon or Jordan or Saudi Arabia. The war between the Iraqi factions would intensify. The demonstration of American impotence would embolden radical Islamism and further radicalize its disciples from Indonesia and India to the suburbs of European capitals. We face a number...
  • US May Reduce Forces in Iraq by Spring

    06/22/2007 4:14:53 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 629+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 22, 2007 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. may be able to reduce combat forces in Iraq by next spring if Iraq's own security forces continue to grow and improve, a senior American commander said Friday. He denied reports the U.S. is arming Sunni insurgent groups to help in the fight against al-Qaida. Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the top day-to-day commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, did not predict any reductions in U.S. forces but said such redeployments may be feasible by spring. There are currently 156,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon from his headquarters outside Baghdad, Odierno...
  • There's no such thing as an "exit strategy"

    04/25/2007 8:00:18 AM PDT · by oakcon · 7 replies · 589+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | April 25th 2007 | Lewis MacKenzie
    Pardon my rant, but this ridiculous debate about when we should abandon, retreat, wave goodbye to Afghanistan is getting under my skin. Considering the sacrifices of Canadians killed and maimed to date, and those of their families and loved ones, the "let's go home" crowd just doesn't get it. Western democratic governments of all political stripes have spent the past four decades, post-Vietnam, agonizing over the criteria to be applied when determining if their nation should deploy in support of a war effort. Overworked bureaucratic terminology such as "an identifiable end-state," "adequate resources to ensure victory," "willing partners" and, the...
  • The Report of the Nazi Study Group

    12/09/2006 9:18:37 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 30 replies · 1,038+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 9 December 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    It is early 1943. The Nazi Study Group has just released its Report on how to get out of the “entanglements” of WW II in Europe. There was no such study group, I hear you cry. But if there had been, based on the evidence of the Iraq Study Group Report, here’s how it would have gone. The war in Europe is going poorly, and getting worse. The Nazis have beat the snot out of the Allies in Europe (threw us off the continent, in fact). The Nazis are beating the snot out of our Allies in North Africa. Field...
  • Iraq Is Just Test Of Will For America (Mark Steyn Slams Baker Study Group "Realism" Alert)

    12/03/2006 2:37:59 AM PST · by goldstategop · 97 replies · 2,871+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12/03/2006 | Mark Steyn
    James Baker's "Iraq Study Group" seems to have been cast on the same basis as Liza Minnelli's last wedding. A stellar lineup: Donna Summer, Mickey Rooney, the Doobie Brothers, Gina Lollobrigida, Michael Jackson, Mia Farrow, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jill St. John. That's Liza's wedding, not the Baker Commission. But at both gatherings everyone who was anyone was there, no matter how long ago it was they were anyone. So the fabulous Baker boy was accompanied by Clinton officials Leon Panetta and Bill Perry, Clinton golfing buddy Vernon Jordan, Clinton's fellow sex fiend Chuck Robb, the quintessential ''moderate'' Republican...
  • Gloves Off -- Winning Exit Strategy

    10/19/2006 9:19:55 AM PDT · by drfredc · 7 replies · 462+ views
    10/19/06 | Fred Chittenden
    A workable winning exit strategy. Basically, stop pussy footing around and win the war in Bagdad by an Iraq led divide and conquer strategy. Get the Iraq's government to take their gloves off and take the lead in this conflict... It's a winnable strategy, but only one that the Iraq leadership can successfully execute. * Step 1 -- Iraq needs to get Sadam's trial over and done ASAP -- execute him... OK, perhaps a side issue... * Step 2 -- Iraq needs to stop pussy footing around with the insurgency (whoever it is). o Start by dividing Bagdad into various...
  • Churchill didn't have an 'exit strategy'

    09/09/2006 5:00:04 PM PDT · by Clive · 31 replies · 850+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-09-09 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    Five years is not so very long in the life of nations, but there is a sense that the attacks of Sept. 11 and their aftermath have been too long with us. On Monday, as is right, there will be solemn commemorations and strong statements of resolve. I was in New York for the first anniversary commemorations and, amidst the still raw emotions, the attitude was resolute. Neither in Canada nor the United States, nor in the West in general, is that the case today. It is an ominous development, because resolve on the home front is the indispensable requirement...
  • Democrats Are Liars & Hypocrites RE: Iraq

    12/05/2005 7:55:59 PM PST · by DBCJR · 1 replies · 215+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/16/1998 | President Bill Clinton - transcript of speech
    In light of Bill Clinton's recent criticism of the US armed conflict in Iraq while on Saudi soil, of continued allegations by Congressional Democrats that President Bush lied about WMDs (or at least twisted the truth) in spite of their own votes in support of the war utilizing the same intelligence, I think it is well that we review President Clinton's own assessment of intelligence during his administration, a couple of years before 9/11/01. Exactly where WMDs might be is still a question though recent findings of enriched uranium next to sud missles indicates President Clinton's assessment (below) was accurate....
  • Exit strategy

    11/30/2005 4:58:07 PM PST · by kingattax · 10 replies · 377+ views ^ | Nov 30, 2005 | Tony Blankley
    There is a repulsive conversation going on in Washington at the moment. Journalists, un-named Pentagon officials and many politicians are discussing, as if true, the precise method by which President Bush intends to exit from Iraq in time for the midterm elections next year. Perhaps future events will reveal me to be naive (not a charge usually posted against me). But for the record, I do not believe that President Bush is cynically looking for an exit strategy. However, most of the Washington political class clearly believes he is planning to pull troops out of Iraq in the next three...
  • Exit Strategy How to disengage from Iraq in 18 months (Gag, Barf)

    11/30/2005 7:28:00 AM PST · by Valin · 17 replies · 565+ views
    Boston Review ^ | Barry R. Posen
    The United States needs a new strategy in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. The war is at best a stalemate; the large American presence now causes more trouble than it prevents. We must disengage from Iraq—and we must do it by removing most American and allied military units within 18 months. Though disengagement has risks and costs, they can be managed. The consequences would not be worse for the United States than the present situation, and capabilities for dealing with them are impressive, if properly employed. Some people argue that the United States should disengage because the war was a...
  • Rumsfeld: Quitting No Exit Strategy for Iraq

    11/29/2005 5:17:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 520+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 29, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2005 – "Quitting is not an exit strategy" for Iraq and would open a Pandora's box of risks to the American people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters today. "It would be a formula for putting more American people at still greater risk (and) an invitation for more terrorist violence," the secretary said. "Indeed, the more the enemies make it sound as though the United States is going to quit, the more encouraged they will be," Rumsfeld continued. "And the more successful they will be in recruiting and in raising money and in trying to...
  • WP: 3 Brigades May Be Cut in Iraq Early in 2006

    11/22/2005 9:26:04 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 31 replies · 593+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 23, 2005 | Bradley Graham and Robin Wright
    Barring any major surprises in Iraq, the Pentagon tentatively plans to reduce the number of U.S. forces there early next year by as many as three combat brigades, from 18 now, but to keep at least one brigade "on call" in Kuwait in case more troops are needed quickly, several senior military officers said. Pentagon authorities also have set a series of "decision points" during 2006 to consider further force cuts that, under a "moderately optimistic" scenario, would drop the total number of troops from more than 150,000 now to fewer than 100,000, including 10 combat brigades, by the end...
  • Rumsfeld fuels hopes of cut in US forces in Iraq

    11/21/2005 8:31:12 AM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 20 2005 | Guy Dinmore
    Rumsfeld fuels hopes of cut in US forces in Iraq by Guy Dinmore in Washington and Steve Negus in Cairo Published: November 20 2005 18:58 Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, on Sunday fuelled expectations that the US was contemplating a big reduction in its forces in Iraq next year, following reports that commanders had submitted plans to cut troop numbers to below 100,000. Appearing on several Sunday television news shows, Mr Rumsfeld spoke of the significant progress in Iraq on the political front and in training Iraqi government forces, which he said now numbered 212,000. Mr Rumsfeld was asked...
  • "The majority's exit strategy is Victory": Must-read Remarks of Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth

    11/19/2005 4:58:06 AM PST · by quesney · 71 replies · 1,940+ views
    Brilliant, simple, stirring...deserving more attention than it got House Republicans News conference on the U.S. policy in Iraq (11/17/2005) Comments of J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona): "J.D. Hayworth. Arizona Five." "There's no need to sugarcoat what has transpired today. People talk about exit strategies. Well, let's let the American people decide." "The majority's exit strategy is Victory and Freedom for the people of Iraq. Now, sadly, many on the Democratic side have revealed their exit strategy: Surrender." "The American people will not stand for Surrender. The American people are made of sterner stuff. And the American people understand that if we turn...
  • Finishing touches put to Iraq exit strategy-(Brits)

    11/16/2005 6:31:39 PM PST · by Flavius · 4 replies · 278+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 16/11/2005 | Anton La Guardia
    Britain is putting the final touches to an exit strategy from Iraq that will be launched with next month's election of a permanent new government in Baghdad. According to several senior sources, the policy under discussion with Washington envisages the replacement of the current Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim Jaafari with a more effective successor. British soldier in Iraq Aiming for home: British troops may start withdrawing next year It would also involve an agreement with the new Iraqi administration on a phased hand-over to Iraqi forces; a reduction in forces that could begin in the middle of next year; and...
  • Historical Folly of "Exit Strategy" for Iraq

    11/16/2005 5:12:28 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,137+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 November 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The Hill is a specialized publication, mostly for Members of Congress and those whose living depends on Congress. Still, an article in The Hill today (Wednesday) is typical of the media coverage of the Senate vote yesterday to require “reports” to Congress on the progress of the Iraq War. The title is “Needed: An Exit Strategy from Iraq.” It is written by Rep. Jane Harmon (D. Calif) and its lede includes these paragraphs. "There is now a strong bipartisan consensus that we need an exit strategy. But yet to emerge is the content of that strategy. "We have two overriding...
  • Zarqawi Backs GOP Call to Unveil War-Ending Plan

    11/15/2005 5:42:51 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 9 replies · 622+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | November 15, 2005 | Scott
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, today endorsed a measure introduced by Senate Republicans that would force President George Bush to lay out his plan for ending the war against terrorists in Iraq. “We think it is important for a democracy such as the United States to be transparent with the public,” said Mr. Zarqawi in a video statement released to al-Jazeera TV and CNN. “We’ll all feel better when we learn strategic and tactical details of how Mr. Bush intends to stop al Qaeda from turning Iraq into the first major victory in the global jihad.” As...
  • The Case For Victory

    08/23/2005 10:14:34 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 08-24-05 | Tony Blankley
    The case for victory Tony Blankley August 24, 2005 In Tuesday's Wall St. Journal, reporters Farnaz Fassihi and Christopher Cooper wrote the phrase: "Mr. Bush and others have stopped talking so much of an outright victory in Iraq as they focus on plans to train Iraqi soldiers … so American troops can come home."  I guess they didn't read President Bush's radio speech from three days earlier where he said, in referring to our troops who had died in Iraq: "Now we must finish the task that our troops have given their lives for and honor their sacrifice by completing...
  • Exit strategy day

    08/17/2005 6:05:48 PM PDT · by strategofr · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Town Hall ^ | August 17, 2005 | Tony Blankley
    Summer is the season for World War II anniversary celebrations: May 8, Victory in Europe Day; June 6, D-Day; Aug. 15, Victory in Japan Day. But one WWII anniversary day is rarely celebrated: Sept. 29. This year, Sept. 29 will be the 67th anniversary of the signing of the Munich Agreement by (in order as their signatures appear on the document): Adolph Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier and Benito Mussolini. Today's politicians please take note: History tends to remember harshly those statesmen who sell out their and other nations -- even if it is done under cover of impeccable diplomatic...
  • Exit Strategy-"To build an E/S in advance, leaders would literally have to know the unknowable."

    08/15/2005 7:28:35 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 28 replies · 948+ views ^ | August 12, 2005 | Jeff Edwards
    As I've said in earlier columns, I have no particular skill for predicting the future. I discover the future the same way as most other mortals: one second at a time. But I can predict certain things with uncanny accuracy. For instance, if I send my teenaged son to clean the front bathroom, I know exactly how events are going to transpire. He'll grunt, stomp around a little (just in case I don't realize that cleaning the bathroom is a serious imposition), and eventually gather up a random selection of rags and cleaning products and head down the hall toward...
  • Why Is The Media Constructing a Pullout Date From Iraq

    08/14/2005 8:30:39 AM PDT · by street_lawyer · 15 replies · 517+ views
    Aug 14, 2005 | street_lawyer
                   The timesonline which is the Times in the UK started out its article in the Aug 12 2005 issue this way: GEORGE BUSH loves his Prarie Chapel Ranch in Crawford so much that he has spent almost one fifth of his presidency “taking the pulse of the heartlands” in this big-buckled, open — if not red — necked, beef-eating corner of Texas. There is no need to tell the “rest of the story” because it is obvious that this newspaper wants American to surrender in Iraq.            The anti-warists, anti-Americans, anti-Israelis will not be content until the American public...
  • Kissinger: Lessons for an Exit Strategy

    08/13/2005 4:42:15 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 16 replies · 820+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 12, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    There have been conflicting reports about the timing of American troop withdrawals from Iraq. Gen. George Casey, commander of U.S. forces there, has announced that the United States intends to begin a "fairly substantial" withdrawal of U.S. forces after the projected December elections establish a constitutional government. Other sources have indicated that this will involve 30,000 troops, or some 22 percent of U.S. forces in Iraq. Some high-level statements from Baghdad have indicated that the beginning of withdrawals may be delayed until next summer. On either schedule, progress is dependent upon improvements in the security situation and in the training...
  • Withdrawal From Iraq Needs Close management, Says Kissinger

    08/12/2005 6:41:42 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 2 replies · 219+ views
    George Casey, the commander of US forces in Iraq, has announced that the US intends to begin a "fairly substantial" withdrawal of US forces from Iraq soon after the projected December elections establish a constitutional government. Other sources have indicated that this will involve 30,000 troops, or about 22 per cent of the total US forces in Iraq. The withdrawal is said to be made possible by improvements in the security situation and progress in the training of Iraqi forces to replace American troops. But how are these terms to be defined? In a war without front lines, does a...
  • U.S. Laying Groundwork for Iraq Pullout

    08/06/2005 6:21:06 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 627+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 3, 2005 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for beginning a withdrawal from Iraq, even as it is weighing the risk of moving so quickly that Iraqi security forces collapse without U.S. support. The benefits of a U.S. drawdown are pretty clear. Fewer troops would likely mean fewer casualties and less strain on the Army and Marine Corps, which already are stretched thin. And it would lessen the degree to which the presence of foreign forces fuels an anti-U.S. insurgency. There are now about 138,000 U.S. troops in Iraq in a war with dwindling popularity among American voters. At best,...
  • Pentagon Plan Calls for Scale Down of U.S. Troops in Iraq to 80,000 by Mid-2006

    07/31/2005 7:35:11 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 19 replies · 370+ views
    NEW YORK, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pentagon has developed a detailed plan in recent months to scale down the U.S. troop presence in Iraq to about 80,000 by mid-2006 and down to 40,000 to 60,000 troops by the end of that year, according to two Pentagon officials involved in the planning who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of their work. Their account squares with a British memo leaked in mid-July, report Senior Editor Michael Hirsh and National Security Correspondent John Barry in the current issue of Newsweek. "Emerging U.S. plans assume that 14 out...