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US May Keep Troops in Afghanistan until 2024 and Beyond

By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 25 August 2011

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait

The UK Daily Telegraph had an alarming headline last week: "US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan Until 2004."  The United States military and the subservient Karzai government are "negotiating" from their very different positions on the continuation of U.S. military presence there, long beyond the 2014 date that the Obama administration has most recently announced:

In the aftermath of one of the thousands of drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan

"America and Afghanistan are close to signing a strategic pact which would allow thousands of United States troops to remain in the country until at least 2024, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain."

So, the war that Donald Rumsfeld said would be the "mission of a generation" is going to take a generation, or more.  One of Rumsfeld's generals lengthened that by a factor of 4. The Washington Times reported:

The American people need to prepare for a long-duration war against radical Muslims who are set to fight for 50 to 100 years to create an Islamist state in the region, a top Pentagon strategist in the war on terror says.  Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark O. Schissler said in an interview that the current strategy for fighting Islamists includes both military and ideological components that make it similar to the 40-year Cold War against communism.

'We're in a generational war. You can try and fight the enemy where they are and where they're attacking you, or prevent them and defend your own homeland,' said Gen. Schissler, deputy director for the war on terrorism within the strategic plans office of the Pentagon's Joint Staff.  'But that's not enough to stop it. We've got to break the chain, and that's ... the ideology. We really need to show the errors in Islamist extremist thinking.'

Our Grief is Not a Cry for WarSo, generations of people living in this country -- not to mention millions who just happen to live in the countries being attacked -- are to be sacrificed to stop an "ideology." Your government, through unjust, immoral, illegitimate, and endless, occupations, continues and spreads the wars, to Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya.

That means:

1.  We should never forget 9/11: 10 years, now, of a license to kill.

2.  We must act to end these wars!  October 2011.


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