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France Out Of Afghanistan This Year If We Win: Socialists
Posted by The Agonist on April 11th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

This is how an actual party of the left does it:

France’s Socialists will pull all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, a year ahead of an accelerated withdrawal planned by the government, and has already discussed this with Britain and the United States, their chief defence adviser says.

…Le Drian, tipped as probable defence minister in a left-wing government, said Hollande believed French combat troops had no business in Afghanistan now and a pullout should be executed within eight months if he wins an election where the final runoff takes place on May 6.

“NATO has announced a withdrawal date of 2014. We believe it’s time to leave now,” said Le Drian, who visited Washington and London in the past few weeks to discuss the message with France’s main NATO partners as election day looms.

“I can’t say I was greeted with cheers of applause in London or the United States but I don’t think on the other hand that either of those two parties was surprised either,” he said. “This is the position and it will be implemented.”

Meanwhile, here in the US, the party that supposedly represents the left is planning to occupy Afghanistan militarily for many years to come, and is bending the truth all out of shape to accomplish that goal. The latest deal on night raids, for example, is a “largely symbolic document that eases United States-Afghan relations, while having little effect on the U.S. military’s ability” to carry out unilateral raids with no Afghan oversight.

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