Jul 11, 2011

New Guy Just Like The Old Guys

First week on the job, and he already sounds like a Vietnam era LBJ news release...

Leon Panetta Predicts Strategic Defeat Of al-Qa'ida Is Within Reach

The "strategic defeat" of al-Qa'ida is "within reach", Leon Panetta said as he arrived on a surprise first visit to Afghanistan in his new role as United States defence secretary.

The former CIA chief, who took office on July 1 to replace Robert Gates, arrived in Kabul for a trip including talks with President Hamid Karzai over the transition of some NATO-held areas to Afghan control starting in mid-July.

US President Barack Obama has announced that 10,000 US forces will leave Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by the end of September in 2012, ahead of a full withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014.

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The Vietcong are just 10 guys away from total collapse. Maybe 11. Would you believe 12?

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