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Marine Corps/Army To Switch Duties?

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Senior officials at the Pentagon are calling reports about a proposed shifting of 25,000 Marines from Iraq to Afghanistan next spring very preliminary thinking and not policy.
Article: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...itics/pentagon

Since I don't believe that we'll be out of either country any time soon, I think this would be a good move. The Marine Corps, for the most part, can be considered a self supporting entity. Not only do they have their own ground forces they also have their own air support and, more importantly, the special operations capable units that would be needed. As thin as the Army is this would allow the Army to concentrate primarily on operating in Iraq and allow for a better rotation of troops that hopefully allows for more home time. I think they should do it.
post #2 of 15
My comments in two easy words ... Semper Fi
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Just the fact that this move is being considered shows that things aren't going too well in Afghanistan.
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I wish they would bring our Marines home. They have done their part, and now if someone must clean up the mess, it should be someone else. Say the mostly unappreciative Iraqis and Afghanis.
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2 View Post
I wish they would bring our Marines home. They have done their part, and now if someone must clean up the mess, it should be someone else. Say the mostly unappreciative Iraqis and Afghanis.
Well imagine them being unappreciative of us bombing their countries, occupying them, toppling their existing government and creating massive instability, encouraging mob rule and leaders who discriminate others of the wrong kind of Islam, and drawing terrorists into their countries that weren't there before.

How dare they!
post #6 of 15
I'd agree with that description if you applied it just to Iraq, but I can't agree with that description applied to Afghanistan.
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I'd agree with that description if you applied it just to Iraq, but I can't agree with that description applied to Afghanistan.
I was mostly thinking of Iraq, I admit-- most of our troops are there now. However, the friends I've talked to who were in Afghanistan have all said that some areas of the country have been completely lost to the drug lords, who used to be kept partially in check by the Taliban. Was the Taliban a good government, heck no, but any government is more stable for the average civilian than none or a puppet one run/neglected by a foreign land.

I do agree that there were terrorists in Afghanistan before we came there-- that bit was about Iraq.
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
.... Was the Taliban a good government, heck no, but any government is more stable for the average civilian than none or a puppet one run/neglected by a foreign land.....
Mmmmmm....no, not the Taliban. There's a very good foreign film called "Osama" -- not, it's not about bin Laden, it's about a young girl in Afghanistan. It's worth seeing:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368913/
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Originally Posted by coaster View Post
Just the fact that this move is being considered shows that things aren't going too well in Afghanistan.
Noooo...it's not. We have some employees that are over there right now who are telling us some things that are going on there. From what they're saying its on the brink of civil war.
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the drug lords where never kept in check. that how the Taliban funded there goverment.
i will say it again, we are far to nice, The only way to make them play nice, is to treat them like there last goverment did. Then start bring about changes.

but hey, what can you say about people that plant bombs in school for little girls.
post #11 of 15
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If anyone at all thought that Afghanistan was in any better shape than Iraq they were fooling themselves. Iraq is the bigger stage so it receives most of the media attention but Afghanistan is just as bad and in some ways is a more difficult environment to operate in. The Taliban and Al-queda still have strong footholds in various parts of the country where they force their will on remote villages.
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but hey, what can you say about people that plant bombs in school for little girls.
Thomas Blanton?
post #13 of 15
which one? dont ask me to think how i am at work lol.
the only one that comes to mind is the congressmen from some place in the south,
during the 30 i think
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
which one? dont ask me to think how i am at work lol.
the only one that comes to mind is the congressmen from some place in the south,
during the 30 i think
The one that plants bombs for little girls; that is what you were talking about wasn't it?
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lol which one, that does not help. maybe i will have time in a couple of hours to look it up.
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