US needs to scrap July 2011 Afghan deadline: Gen David Petraues

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  1. neo29

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    Describing the leadership of Gen David Petraues, the American Commander in Afghanistan, as reassuring, a top US expert on South Asia has said President Barack Obama needs to scrap his "arbitrary" deadline of July 2011 for the drawdown of troops from the war-torn country.

    "He (Obama) needs to renounce the arbitrary July 2011 withdrawal deadline and remind the American people that if the US departs the region before the situation in Afghanistan is stabilised and the government is capable of resisting the Taliban on its own, the result will be a downward spiral of violence, leading to the eventual collapse of the government and the reassertion of Taliban rule," Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation said.

    The Taliban would again be in a position to provide sanctuary to al-Qaida and affiliated terrorist groups intent on attacking the US and to project their influence back across the border into nuclear-armed Pakistan, she felt.

    Curtis said Gen Petraeus' no-nonsense, methodical approach to assessing the US strategy in Afghanistan will be unwelcome to those hoping the American leaders would soon decide that the war is unwinnable and thus begin a rapid drawdown of US troops.

    "It will also take the air out of the room for those calling on the US to strike a grand bargain with the Taliban leadership," she said while terming Gen Petraeus' leadership as reassuring.

    "Rather than striking an early political deal with the Taliban before the new US counter-insurgency strategy has had time to bear fruit, Petraeus is focussed on 'reintegration' of Taliban at the local level.

    "His distinction between 'reintegration' at the local level and 'reconciliation' with the top leadership will be welcomed by the Afghan people, most of whom do not support the Taliban's ideology but are incapable of resisting them on their own militarily," Curtis said.

    Some Afghans worry that "a politically weak" Karzai will seek a deal with the Taliban leadership and Pakistan Army that would sacrifice Afghan national interests - particularly relating to rights of women and ethnic minorities -- to save his own skin, she said.

    "The fundamental point is that any reintegration or reconciliation process should not legitimise the Taliban's ruthless ideology nor allow Afghanistan to backtrack from the gains it has made with regard to human rights and democracy over the last nine years," Curtis said.
     
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    Yup Obamas deadline for withdrawal is going to turn out to be a political statement after all. The generals will make sure they stay put in there till as long as its required.
     
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    Obama re election is due in 2012, before that he would want to finish the war in Afghanistan.
    There will be great pressure on the generals to declare victory and get out before that. July 2011 deadline may get extended but in that case Obama has to set a deadline sometime of early 2012
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Hillary Clinton is in the forefront these days on prickly international issues.

    Therefore, it is a moot point if Obama will get nominated as the Democratic candidate!
     
  7. neo29

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    Declaring victory and moving out wont mean anything. Taliban will just regroup after US goes thanks to the blessings of Pakistan. Taliban and other groups are just like an incurable infestation that no matter how much you kill, new ones will spring up.

    US just wants to leave the area coz all they wanted was revenge in the first place after 9/11. Its now becoming an extended revenge which is costing them dearly. This is exactly what Pakistan want, and they continued to indirectly support Taliban and told them to survive as long as possible coz just like the Soviets, US will walk away frustrated and tired.

    If they are dead serious about eliminating Jihad ideology in these belts, then they need to be there till 2020.
     
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    Well its not like they can't afford to stay but they seem not willing to stay, Obama clearly has given American economic growth more priority may be because of China, now why would american tax payers money be used to rebuild Afghan is an issue for them, they definetly would be keeping an eye since taliban is a threat to them, but withdrawing would mean no control of the situation there. Us might provide Afghan govt. with military hardware and intel but not directly. BTW covert operations would still be on.
     
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    The original post doesn't make it clear to me that scrapping the deadline is something Petraues said.

    It looks like its something a US expert on South Asia (Lisa Curtis) said.

    If its something Lisa Curtis said, then the topic title should be changed, as it is misleading.
     
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    This was bound to happen. It was foolish to even think that USA would be willing to leave a country that is giving them an eagle's eye view of Pakistan, India, China and Russia at the same time, so easily. I wonder why did Pakistani saber-rattlers-called-defence analysts consider this statement as a "victory of jihad", as their famous defence analyst Zaid Hamid put forward on his show Brasstacks.

    After the series of attacks done by Pakistanis in NATO countries or being caught red handed into planning one, USA would be the last country to leave Afghanistan which is the next best option to occupying Pakistan itself. I just want to see how low can Obama stoop for his blue-eyed baby Islamabad and press us. Just hope we get rid of this CHICKEN government in Delhi ASAP and get someone who can actually speak for the country rather than kiss the feet of every terrorist backer and beg for mercy.
     

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