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I hate to rain on you parade, BR, but the Pentagon has already notified Prez-elect Obama that a surge isn't going to make much difference. A 'Surge' of 20,000 troops in reality means about 2500 combat troops, assuming that the current in country ratio of of seven support troops to one combat soldier holds. Furthermore the Pentagon has said that the troop increase will be mainly used to maintain security in Kabul and the surounding countryside. More troops may become available after 2011 when we are scheduled to remove all troops from Iran.

Afghanistan has the potential to become Obama's albatross just as Vietnam was Johnson's and Nixon's. It will be interesting to observe the changes in opinions of both Obamaphile's and 'phobes as this mess continues over the coming years. Or decades...
 
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