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Pentagon Expects US to Retain Presence in Afghanistan

February 4, 2013 by legitgov

Pentagon Expects US to Retain Presence in Afghanistan 04 Feb 2013 The Pentagon’s top civilian and military officials on Sunday expressed an expectation, even a desire, that American troops would remain in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in December 2014, although they emphasized that no decision had been made. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States would sustain a strategic partnership with Afghanistan, and they cited a decision by the NATO heads of state during a summit meeting last year in President Obama’s hometown, Chicago, that long-term support for Kabul would include military assistance. [Yup, gotta protect the CIA's opium and gas pipelines, and make sure Blackwater gets its billions.]

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