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Ex-CIA Chief Woolsey: Obama Pursuing 'Halfway' Strategy in Afghanistan

 

By    |   Friday, 16 Oct 2015 07:27 PM

President Barack Obama is putting forth only a "halfway" strategy in Afghanistan with his move to keep 5,500 soldiers in the country after he leaves office in 2017, both former CIA Director James Woolsey and Rep. Ted Poe told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"There's good news and bad news about what the president decided," Woolsey, chairman of the Council for the Defense of Democracy, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "The good news is that he didn't pull out of Afghanistan completely the way he did out of Iraq, thereby setting up immediately serious problems for maintaining Afghanistan outside of the rule of the Taliban.

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"The bad news is that he only agreed to keep about half of what his military advisors were telling him," he added. "He's going with about half of what the military has advised him.

"I don't think it's wise, but it's better than he did in Iraq — and it's better than a lot of people feared he might do."

Poe, the Texas Republican who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that Obama is "doing it halfway" in Afghanistan because "he doesn't have a plan.

"Are we going to stabilize Afghanistan?" he asked. "No, his plan is we're just going to leave — and maybe since we're not going to leave so fast, we're just going to put half of what's needed there, make sure that we don't lose, but make sure we don't win.

"He has no plan, no philosophy about what should be the end game for Afghanistan," Poe added. "He doesn't listen to the generals."

Regarding the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Woolsey said that violence at religious sites would only inflame tensions.

"I hope the Israelis keep things as calm as they can under the circumstances, but one has to sympathize with them because they are the ones who are being attacked," he told Hayworth. "Both some 50 or 60 stabbing attacks in the last couple, three weeks — and now the burning of the tomb."

Israeli defense officials say dozens of Palestinians set fire to Joseph's Tomb, a sacred Jewish site in the West Bank, and stabbed an Israeli soldier near Hebron.

"The Israelis live in a tough neighborhood and trying to keep your cool while responding appropriately and sometimes toughly is a difficult proposition," Woolsey said.

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President Barack Obama is putting forth only a halfway strategy in Afghanistan with his move to keep 5,500 soldiers in the country after he leaves office in 2017, both former CIA Director James Woolsey and Rep. Ted Poe told Newsmax TV on Friday.
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