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U.S. weighs cost of letting Afghanistan go its own way

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Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013 4:30 am

WASHINGTON — In January, when U.S. officials first raised the prospect of keeping no troops in Afghanistan after 2014, this “zero option” was broadly seen as a rhetorical bargaining chip the White House was using to nudge along talks over a long-term security agreement.

But an increasingly acrimonious stalemate between the officials and Afghanistan’s recalcitrant president has made the prospect quite real. After its longest war in history, the United States is suddenly contemplating having to dismantle the bulk of its counterterrorism infrastructure in the region and abandon Afghanistan’s fledgling security forces. A wholesale withdrawal also would shut down the foreign-aid pipeline that keeps the Afghan state afloat and sharply limit any enduring U.S. diplomatic presence.

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      • Smithjr38 posted at 6:51 am on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

        Smithjr38 Posts: 112

        It is very stupid to be cutting US Military pay and benefits ,yet at the same time to consider more military in Afghan to be targets for the enemy while letting the Military Industrial Complex make money off taxpayers . Face it when GWB quit Afghan and the hunt for OBL to invade Iraq .The US lost the Afghan war. and no amount of money or US blood can make up for the fool idea to go after Iraq and quit Afghan.

         

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