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General describes role in Afghanistan beyond 2014

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 15, 2012 at 7:22 a.m. Updated November 15, 2012 at 1:45 p.m.

— President Barack Obama’s choice to be the top commander in Afghanistan said Thursday that he envisions a U.S. presence in the country after American combat forces leave at the end of 2014, despite a national war-weariness reflected in Congress.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps who has directed combat forces in Iraq, said the two main missions would be counterterrorism and assisting and advising Afghan security forces.

Pressed on the size of the residual force, Dunford declined to provide specifics but did say 1,000 troops would be insufficient.

“I believe that advise-and-assist role is an enduring role and would extend past December 2014,” Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing.

The general’s testimony came at a time of extreme change in the administration’s national security team and the looming decision on the pace of drawing down the 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Jackabbott says... November 15, 2012 at 8:03 a.m.

The answer get out of there now and leave the sex starved and depraved generals as a rear guard action.

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KCSAP says... November 15, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.

If the exit criteria is only a date certain, which seems to be the new exit strategy of a CINC that has never even participated in so much as an ROTC meeting, then I agree leave now and don't lose another life hanging around for a date to arrive.

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KCSAP says... November 15, 2012 at 8:51 a.m.

Oh and by the way, politicians get us into wars and keep us in wars; soldiers, sailors and airmen do all the sacrificing. CINC's only try to politically captilize on their heavy lifting. So our new exit strategy in this new age of cowardly jihads that hide amongst women and children in churches and schools should be, go in and pound the enemy combatants, then leave at rapid pace that is determined by our troops not our CINC. Or the other option would be for our CINC's to actually participate in the action. Yeah right, that would be the day.

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