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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Oh Yeah, We've Still Got Troops In Afgansitan, Don't We!

Click to see video of George W. Bush

We’re constantly reviewing troop needs, troop levels. We’re halfway through 2008; as I said, we’re going to increase troops by 2009. One thing, however, that you got to understand is that we have doubled Afghan troops — coalition troops have doubled from two years ago. So there is an active presence and there are more troops there than there were. But we’re constantly reassessing and seeing whether or not we can change tactics in order to achieve our objective.

The Surge : The Sequal!!!

Well, not really a 'sequal' per say, but actually putting resources where they should have been in the first place.

The Bush administration, so intent on diverting our attention away from Afganistan, the Taliban, and bin Laden ( is he even still around? ), has perpetrated a battle-field faliure so vast in scale that an entire generation will forever refer to this as "our Vietnam".

The lack of planning, vision - and some would say competence - has allowed the Taliban and Al Qeada to reconstitue.

More from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grappling with a record death toll in an overshadowed war, President Bush promised Wednesday to send more U.S. troops into Afghanistan by year's end. He conceded that June was a "tough month," in fact, the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began.

"One reason why there have been more deaths is because our troops are taking the fight to a tough enemy, an enemy who doesn't like our presence there because they don't like the idea of America denying safe haven (to terrorists)," Bush told reporters. "Of course there's going to be resistance."

Bush said it was a tough month too for the Taliban. But the once-toppled Islamist regime in Afghanistan has now rebounded with deadly force.

More U.S. and NATO troops have died in the past two months in Afghanistan than in Iraq, a place with triple the number of U.S. and coalition forces.

You're doin a heck-of-a-job W.

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