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#1 Further proof that even Hamid Karzai reads the Burg.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-03-16 00:23||
#2 Start by pulling his security detail
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-03-16 05:03||
#3 Just buy him a new kabob cart and all will be well!
Posted by Boss Noodleman8019 2012-03-16 10:28||
#4 "A major blow"? perhaps its an opportunity instead. Pull back to the bases in a province or two. Likely 3 possible scenarios follow on that:
1. The province goes for shit in a handbasket. Then Game on again, this time with a "told you so"
2. The ANA, now over 173,000 troops, of which say 1/2 are effective, step and take on their Afghan/Pakistan adversaries (which they are slowly doing anyway and must do within 36 months or so,)and hopefully demonstrate they can walk the walk. Best to know this before the financial follow-on deal gets struck. Bonus point -early pull out option.
3. The Taliban slow up, because there are less foreigners to fight. (and perhaps foxly hold their punches). Result - things get less violent, ANA looks good. Who knows perhaps stability until the pullout in 14 or whenever.
Too simplistic I know, but ticker tape parades are not going to be anyway. Plus there are other options and outcomes. My point - pulling back is not a bad plan for a while in any event.
Posted by Northern Cousin 2012-03-16 15:04||
#5 Prezident Pander: "I realize that there may have been some, um, mis-representations made, um, viv-a-vis things that, um, would or would not occur in, um, the vicinity of your mouth. Mistakes were made. I'm kicking off a blue-ribbon panel to look into who made them."
Posted by mojo 2012-03-16 15:19||
#6 Demand in one hand, and shi" in the other, see which one needs cleaning first.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2012-03-16 21:52||