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Brit Defense Secretary criticises Obama over Afghanistan indecision
11-25-2009, 08:13 AM
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Brit Defense Secretary criticises Obama over Afghanistan indecision
From the Telegraph UK:

Quote:Bob Ainsworth criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan
Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.

Mr Ainsworth took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising the US President and his delays in sending more troops to bolster the mission against the Taliban.

A “period of hiatus” in Washington - and a lack of clear direction - had made it harder for ministers to persuade the British public to go on backing the Afghan mission in the face of a rising death toll, he said.

Obama's 'dithering' hurts Afghan mission, British sources say Senior British Government sources have become increasingly frustrated with Mr Obama’s “dithering” on Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this month, with several former British defence chiefs echoing the concerns.

But Mr Ainsworth is the first Government minister to express in public what amounts to personal criticism of the US president’s leadership over the conflict which has so far cost 235 British lives.

Polls show most voters now want an early withdrawal, following the death of 98 British service personnel this year alone.

Ministers say the mission is vital to stop international terrorists using Afghanistan as a base, but Gordon Brown has promised an “exit strategy” that could start next year.

The Defence Secretary’s blunt remarks about the US threaten to strain further a transatlantic relationship already under pressure over the British release of the Lockerbie bomber and Mr Obama’s decision to snub Mr Brown at the United Nations in September.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopi...istan.html

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11-25-2009, 09:11 AM
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Brit Defense Secretary criticises Obama over Afghanistan indecision
Obozo has no balls.

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11-26-2009, 06:03 AM
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Brit Defense Secretary criticises Obama over Afghanistan indecision
Don't worry Obama said yesterday the American people would be happy with and support the decision he makes.
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