Number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Overlooks Thousands of Support Troops

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By Ann Scott Tyson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials.

The additional troops are primarily support forces, including engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police. Their deployment has received little mention by officials at the Pentagon and the White House, who have spoken more publicly about the combat troops who have been sent to Afghanistan.

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via Number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Overlooks Thousands of Support Troops – washingtonpost.com

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  6. This escalation by the war monger Obama came just after Michael Moore wrote an article for Common Dreams called Second Thoughts, where he maintained everyone should give Obama a second chance. He seems to think that Obama is a second coming of FDR or something. How can anyone make a highly successful movie about capitalism and not understand imperialism when the two go hand in hand? It is just beyond my comprehension. I was all excited about the movie and now I don’t know if I will see it. Another strike against Obama is that from the very beginning he has been for the interests of the big insurance companies in the health care debate and against single payer, which is the only logical answer. In my opinion, Obama is just as big an imperialist as George W. Bush and more dangerous because he is personable and intelligent and has deceived a large part of the world.. Since Obama came to power, there has been an attempted US coup in Iran, a successful one in Honduras, drone bombings in Pakistan and an extension of the war there, military bases in Colombia and serious saber-rattling over a war on Iran. At home,he has given trillions to the wealthy and unemployment and homelessness continue to rise. Michael Moore is a very deluded person and can’t seem to get past the fact that someone labeled a Democrat is in office after years of Republican rule.

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