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Gates blames past lack of troops for Taliban edge

• Reuters
Defense Secretary Robert Gates blamed the Taliban's revival on a past failure to deploy enough troops to Afghanistan and said U.S. forces would not withdraw whatever the result of President Barack Obama's strategy review.

"We are not leaving Afghanistan. This discussion is about next steps forward and the president has some momentous decisions to make," Gates said in a TV programme taped at George Washington University on Monday and being aired by CNN on Tuesday.

Obama faces pivotal decisions after the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, presented a grim assessment of the eight-year war.

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Comment by Rocky Frisco
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God, what a fool. Not even a glimmer that we shouldn't be there in the first place. Got to keep the weapons-makers rolling in money while Afghanistan rolls in blood. "Whatever the result of President Barack Obama's strategy review," Is Gates the new Commander-In-Chief?

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