Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Obama's Troop Surge Begins: President OKs 17,000 Additional Troops for Afghanistan

Today, President Obama approved a request by Defense Secretary Robert Gates for the deployment of more troops to fight the war in Afghanistan. The president authorized the deployment of 17,000 additional troops. According to MSNBC, military commanders hope that President Obama will deploy a total of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan by the summer.

5 comments:

hysperia said...

OH. NO.

Anonymous said...

I believe Mr. Obama, knowing that a majority of Americans wanted some type of change, offered them in his campaign a great deal of false hope and plenty of "tell them what they want to hear". This troop surge is only the beginning of many promises he will not in any wise be able to fulfill.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Obama actually always supported adding troops to Afghanistan. But, if I recall correctly, he stated that a lot of them could come from Iraq -- because he was promising to do a troop withdrawal. But the troops are still in Iraq and we're adding new ones to Afghanistan. The Soviet Union could not even defeat Afghanistan....I have no idea how this one will look...

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hutchinson, I understand that the President previously stated troop strength in Afghanistan would have to increase, but I believe he also added that it would be of a temporary nature. I do not see how this surge can be temporary. Of course, there are similiarities with the former USSR, but I believe one key difference is that the U.S. does not want to control the country as the USSR did. Nonetheless, eventhough the U.S. is there to directly wage the "war on terror", I believe the withdrawl plan will be far more complicated than in Iraq. This is something that the administration must prepare the people for with candor and honesty. That part of this issue I do not forsee as coming.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Anonymous - I agree that Afghanistan can became a terrible mess (more than it already is). It's hard to police the borders, with all of the mountains; so groups can come in to hope the Taliban. It's a quagmire. I am not a war strategist, though. So I cannot do anything but agree with you that candor is necessary but probably won't come too rapidly.

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