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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:26 AM   #1
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President Obama's Secret: Only 100 al-Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

As he justified sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan at a cost of $30 billion a year, President Barack Obama's description Tuesday of the al-Qaeda "cancer" in that country left out one key fact: U.S. intelligence officials have concluded there are only about 100 al-Qaeda fighters in the entire country.



A senior U.S. intelligence official told ABCNews.com the approximate estimate of 100 al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan reflects the conclusion of American intelligence agencies and the Defense Department.Photo Op Panic: 911 Calls Reveal Terror during NYC Air Force One Flyover - ABC News



The relatively small number was part of the intelligence passed on to the White House as President Obama conducted his deliberations.



President Obama made only a vague reference to the size of the al-Qaeda presence in his speech at West Point, when he said, "al-Qaeda has not reemerged in Afghanistan in the same number as before 9/11, but they retain their safe havens along the border."



A spokesperson at the White House's National Security Council, Chris Hensman, said he could not comment on intelligence matters.


President Obama's Secret: Only 100 al-Qaeda Now in Afghanistan - ABC News





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I didnt even watch the address......



IM TIRED OF OUR COUNTRY BEING DESTROYED!!
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Anyone who believes there is only 100 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan is a fool, but that's beside the point, it's no longer about al Qaeda, we can not just abandon the country... we need to make sure we leave on an up swing...



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Anyone who believes there is only 100 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan is a fool, but that's beside the point, it's no longer about al Qaeda, we can not just abandon the country... we need to make sure we leave on an up swing...



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Anyone who believes there is only 100 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan is a fool, but that's beside the point, it's no longer about al Qaeda, we can not just abandon the country... we need to make sure we leave on an up swing...



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No, it's about the rich getting richer, just like IRaq was.



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Sue Sturgis, writing today in Facing South: the Online Magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies:
Additional number of American troops President Obama plans to deploy to Afghanistan: 30,000

Total number of U.S. troops that will be there after the deployment: 98,000

Number of private contractors working for the U.S. in Afghanistan as of September 2009: 104,101

Percent by which that number grew between June and September: 40

Percent of the Defense Department's workforce in Afghanistan accounted for by contractors: 57

Number of conflicts in U.S. history involving a higher percentage of contractors: 0

Percent of the U.S. presence on the ground during the Vietnam War accounted for by contractors: 13

Percent of the Defense Department's 2008 budget devoted to contracts and grants: 82

Estimated value of Defense Department contracts in Afghanistan awarded to Texas-based Fluor and Virginia's DynCorp: $7.5 billion

Amount Fluor's PAC contributed to federal candidates in 2008: $305,499

Amount DynCorp's PAC contributed to federal candidates in 2008: $51,999

Date on which a financial analyst announced that Fluor and DynCorp stood to benefit from deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan: 12/2/2009

Amount by which Fluor's share prices rose in that afternoon's trading: 33 cents

Amount by which DynCorp's share prices rose: 30 cents

Month in which DynCorp disclosed in a regulatory filing that it had made payments to expedite visas and licenses, potentially violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 11/2009

The estimated total for these illegal payments: $300,000

Date on which an investigation was announced on behalf of DynCorp investors over possible securities law violations by the company: 12/3/2009

Value of a U.S. contract with DynCorp to train Iraqi police that federal auditors said was so mismanaged they were unable to determine how the money was spent: $1.3 billion

Year in which the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting is scheduled to release a comprehensive study of contracting in war zones: 2011

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Anyone who believes there is only 100 al Qaeda left in Afghanistan is a fool, but that's beside the point, it's no longer about al Qaeda, we can not just abandon the country... we need to make sure we leave on an up swing...



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How do you define an up swing? How about we leave when the government can assure a non repeat of the base for 9-11?
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How do you define an up swing? How about we leave when the government can assure a non repeat of the base for 9-11?


If we left now, started withdrawing today and quit the fight, the Taliban at it's current strength of about 25,000 (Even if Al-Qaeda only had 100 members in Afghanistan, they aren't the only ones we have to worry about.) could realistically, eventually retake its former power.



A best possible upswing at least IMO would mean a defeated or obliterated Taliban incapable of a resurgence in Afghanistan, a Pakistan that can defeat the Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters who are trying to take a hold of that nation, we don't want them to have a base ANYWHERE, and a strong and stable government and military that can keep its regions from being taken over by insurgent groups.
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How do you define an up swing? How about we leave when the government can assure a non repeat of the base for 9-11?


You're either delusional, or you're a COINTELPRO shill.



There were no Afghans involved in 9/11. There were no Iraqis involved in 9/11.



1. When the US wanted Taliban to hand over Osama Bin Laden, they asked the US for evidence of his involvement therein.



The US government didn't have any, so Taliban told them to take a hike.



2. Chimpy said he'd present evidence that Binladen did 9/11 real soon.



He left office seven years later without ever showing any. WHY? Because he was never able to prove he had means, motive and oportunity. The fake videos are not evidence. They've been de-bunked long ago. What misinformation agents like yourself would like to conveniently forget is that Osama Bin Laden, or rather Tim Osman, was a CIA agent in the Mujahedin since the Soviets occupied Afghanistan



3. The FBI does not have Osama Bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.



WHY? Because the FBI still doesn't have any evidence.
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If we left now, started withdrawing today and quit the fight, the Taliban at it's current strength of about 25,000 (Even if Al-Qaeda only had 100 members in Afghanistan, they aren't the only ones we have to worry about.) could realistically, eventually retake its former power.



A best possible upswing at least IMO would mean a defeated or obliterated Taliban incapable of a resurgence in Afghanistan, a Pakistan that can defeat the Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters who are trying to take a hold of that nation, we don't want them to have a base ANYWHERE, and a strong and stable government and military that can keep its regions from being taken over by insurgent groups.


Horse shit! Al Quaida is Arabic for data base. In other words: It's a data base of Saudi and Afghan assets employed by British and US inteligence during the USSR/Afghan war. They wouldn't approve of a US take-over of that country any more than they approved of the Soviets being there.



Mujahedin became the enemy the moment the US started preparing for the occupation in July of 2001. On the morning of 9/11 they were re-named by the ever-so-helpful corporate media, and Mujahedin became the ever illusive world wide Al Quaida, that was supposed to justify the fake global war on terror.



The Taliban has never attacked any foreign country, so there is no justification for any foreign troops to be in Afghanistan WHAT-SO-EVER! Stop appeasing the war criminals in DC. Grow a pair and demand an end to the illegal wars NOW!



It is neither the US, nor any other country's busines to decide how a sovreign country conducts its internal affairs. No matter how disgusting said affairs may be.
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Horse shit! Al Quaida is Arabic for data base. In other words: It's a data base of Saudi and Afghan assets employed by British and US inteligence during the USSR/Afghan war. They wouldn't approve of a US take-over of that country any more than they approved of the Soviets being there.


1. How the fuck did the come from the meaning of Al Qaeda?



2. It's "the base", not "data base".
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1. How the fuck did the come from the meaning of Al Qaeda?



2. It's "the base", not "data base".




I have a prety good command of the English language, but your comment..........
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