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August 2011: Excerpts from the first editorial of our Executive Editor

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A cosmetic draw down of American troops was expected to be announced in July this year. President Obama’s withdrawal time table however has been far more substantial, 10,000 troops in the current year and 23,000 in 2012. Steep fiscal constraints, electoral considerations and rising levels of military competition with China have forced this somewhat hasty transition from a Counter Insurgency to a Counter Terrorism posture in Afghanistan. Is this pace of withdrawal too precipitate? Admiral Mike Mullen, Gen Petraeus and even Hillary Clinton are said to have opposed this fairly rapid rate of troop withdrawals. It risks undoing all the gains made so far ...

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