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Nancy 'close enough' Pelosi discusses Afghanistan withdrawal date, give or take a year

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By Doug Powers  •  November 17, 2012 11:07 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

A few days ago Nancy Pelosi had her “11th… 14th… whatever” moment when trying to recall an amendment to the Constitution. Yesterday that turned to “13… 14, whatever” when discussing the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan after Rachel Maddow was forced to remind her that December of 2014 is not in fact one year from now. Partial transcript from Newsbusters:

MADDOW: To have this scandal now touch on General John Allen, who’s the commanding general in Afghanistan, today was the confirmation hearing for the man who would be his successor, General (Joseph) Dunford, in Afghanistan. Obviously that sex scandal, that personal behavior scandal, is unrelated to the war. But the fact that these things are all happening at once raises for me once again the strangeness of the fact that we have so little political debate about our ongoing war. In the terms of the realm of political possibility and what is doable after this election, I have to ask you why Congress shouldn’t be expected now to push for a faster end to the Afghanistan war than the end of two years from now?

PELOSI: Well, I, it isn’t two years, it’s just one year from now, to December …

MADDOW (shifting uncomfortably in chair): End of 2014, right …

PELOSI: … -14, right, well, I guess, yeah, almost two years, but let’s hope it’s before then. Let’s hope it’s by then…

Pelosi has appointed herself House minority leader through at least 2014 — so, just one more year to go or… whatever:

**Written by Doug Powers

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