Sunday, September 27, 2009

McCrystal requests 500,000 troops for 5 years in Afghanistan

Robert Naiman: McChrystal's "Ground Truth": Need Half a Million Boots on the Ground:

Andrea Mitchell reports: "with the leaks that have come, most likely from the military, about the troop strengths and all this, you have to really wonder, what would people expect? The numbers are really pretty horrifying. What they say, embedded in this report by McChrystal, is they would need 500,000 troops - boots on the ground - and five years to do the job. No one expects that the Afghan Army could step up to that. Are we gonna put even half that of U.S. troops there, and NATO forces? No way."

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