Gates: US Cannot Cede Afghanistan To Taliban

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - If the U.S. fails in Afghanistan, the Taliban
will take over that country.

That warning comes from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who went before a Senate panel today to defend the decision of President
Barack Obama to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops there.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling the Obama
administration's newly announced surge-and-exit strategy in
Afghanistan "the best way to protect our nation now and in the
future."

In testimony for the Senate panel, Clinton also maintained that
the strategy overhaul that Obama has announced was badly needed in
the wake of the time and energy the U.S. has spent in recent years
elsewhere - in Iraq.

But Democratic committee chairman Carl Levin said the influx
will mean more U.S. Marines on Afghan streets, with "too few
Afghan partners alongside them."

And the man who lost last year's presidential election is
raising concerns about the announcement of a withdrawal date for
U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Republican Sen. John McCain says it's a mistake to signal in
advance to the nation's enemies when U.S. troops will leave.


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