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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The 60-year "exit strategy"

It's been a few years since I wrote about the (then) 57-year-and-counting "exit strategy" in Korea, as it pertains to the supposed "exit strategies" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now we learn that that "exit strategy" in Korea just got postponed another 5 years, as a preview of what we can look forward to in Iraq and Afghanistan:

In 2007 President Bush set up what was supposed to be the timetable for finally completing the handover, pledging to transfer war time control of operations for South Korea’s military to South Korea’s government in April 2012...President Obama has decided that the handover will be delayed until at least late 2017. Officials are saying that the move is a result of rising tensions with North Korea.
Substitute "Iran" for "North Korea" in that last sentence and you'll have a preview of why "we" just "can't leave" Iraq or Afghanistan in 2011 (or 2012 or 2013 or ...).

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