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Gates: U.S. Cannot Wait for Afghan Election to Make Troop Decision

fox-oct-20-09-Defense Secretary Robert Gates tells reporters aboard his plane to Tokyo that the administration cannot "sit on our hands" with regard to troop levels in Afghanistan.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the Obama administration cannot wait for the Afghan election to be resolved before making a decision on troop levels, appearing to be at odds with White House officials who have tied a decision on U.S. strategy to the resolution of the election and political stability.

Gates suggested the election would not have an immediate impact on the overall situation in the country.

He told reporters aboard his plane to Tokyo that the administration cannot "sit on our hands."

The comments come after Afghanistan's election commission ordered a runoff Nov. 7, following an inquiry that found thousands of ballots were fraudulent. President Hamid Karzai accepte


Added: Oct-20-2009 
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Afghanistan, Middle East
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