The Lies That Sold Obama’s Escalation in Afghanistan by Gareth Porter

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Truthout
6 July, 2011

A few days after Barack Obama’s December 2009 announcement of 33,000 more troops being sent to Afghanistan, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Robert Gates advanced the official justification for escalation: the Afghan Taliban would not abandon its ties with al-Qaeda unless forced to do so by US military force and the realization that “they’re likely to lose.”

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