Obama's Secret: Only 100 al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

One Thousand U.S. Soldiers and $300 Million for Every One al Qaeda Fighter

By RICHARD ESPOSITO, MATTHEW COLE and BRIAN ROSS

President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al Qaeda fighters in the entire country.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24105.htm



"More occupation means less occupation"

Obama's Af-Pak is as Whack as Bush's Iraq

By Glen Ford

Barack Obama's oratorical skills have turned on him, revealing, as George Bush's low-grade delivery never could, the perfect incoherence of the current American imperial project in South Asia.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24107.htm



Is President Obama's Surge A Trap?

By Cynthia McKinney

U.S. policy is not only guided by pipeline politics. There is also the consideration of chessboard geo-positioning necessary to contain Russia, China, and ensure U.S. empire-for those inclined to traditional Cold Warrior "containment" thinking.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24112.htm



Petraeus: al-Qaida not operating in Afghanistan

VIDEO

The chief of the U.S. Central Command says al-Qaida no longer is operating in Afghanistan. But Gen. David Petraeus says affiliated organizations still have "enclaves and sanctuaries" in the country.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/10/petraeus-alqaida-not-oper_n_201310.html



Mullen: 2011 Afghan Withdrawal May Be "Very Few"

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen told CBS News on Thursday that, while President Obama's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2011 is clear, there has been no indication of how long that pullout may take after it's begun.

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/12/03/world/worldwatch/entry5875488.shtml



Costs: By the numbers

Before President Obama reached the decision, announced Tuesday, to send additional troops to Afghanistan, he had requested $65 billion to fund operations in the country in fiscal 2010. Here is a breakdown of the money by the main spending categories...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR2009120104923_pf.html



This strategy has been tried before - without success

On this historic day - when Barack Obama plunges ever deeper into chaos - let us remember the British retreat from Kabul and its destruction in 1842.

http://snipurl.com/tjm6u


From Information Clearing House

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A Voice from RAWA: Zoya on Afghanistan
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/12/03-0

President Obama's Afghanistan Election Speech
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/03

The Afghan Quagmire
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/12/03-7

Congressman Dennis Kucinich: The War Is a Threat to Our National Security
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/03-13

Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA): Are Obama and Clinton Being Honest About How Afghan War Began?
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/12/03-24



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