Every once in a while I come across a statement in the world press that kinda just floors me. Usually something someone says that is printed verbatim. Being an American, I stay involved in American news. I still have contacts in DC and when they give me the heads up, I look around for the connections in mainstream media. Today it is two statements:
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday that:
“U.S. troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2017.”
Then he said:
“We will stay in Afghanistan as long as it takes to finish the job. Obviously that is not forever.” (I wonder if he smiled when he said that?)
I just wonder if you realize that it is 2009 and they are talking about staying in Afghanistan at least until 2017.
When did this war start?
The war was started in Oct. of 2001 – This will mean a 16 year war… (We really will never leave just like in Iraq!)
Tidbit of Data: Afghan War Costs US $3.6 Billion Per Month!
A better question would be: Why did this war start?
You got any answers for why this war started?
Windows to Russia!
comments always welcome.
Another Tidbit: 2017 is the actual limit to the budgeted money for this war (Until updated future operations are reevaluated). So he could not say a date any farther than 2017 because he has no authority to express any farther information.