Afghan War=Time to go Home?
Will anti war democrats condemn president Obama for expanding the Afghanistan war? That s a definite possibility. Yesterday representative James McGovern filed a bill to force Obama to set a deadline for leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2009. It is co signed by over 60 democrats.
To require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report
to Congress outlining the United States exit strategy
for United States military forces in Afghanistan participating
in Operation Enduring Freedom.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2
tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 SECTION 1. REPORT ON AFGHANISTAN EXIT STRATEGY.
4 Not later than December 31, 2009, the Secretary of
5 Defense shall submit to Congress a report outlining the
6 United States exit strategy for United States military
7 forces in Afghanistan participating in Operation Enduring
Many reasons are given for opposing more funding for Afghanistan. Here is one answer.
"After 8 years, he is getting a sinking feeling that we are getting in deeper and deeper into Afghan without any idea how we are going to get out," said Michael Mershon, a spokesman for McGovern. "He feels very strongly that no matter who the president is, or whether he has a 'D' or an 'R' next to his name, if you believe our military efforts need to have a clearly defined strategy, then that's what you have to fight for."
The outgoing commanding general is not optimistic.
Top US commander Gen. David McKiernan says the mission in Afghanistan is likely to fail if militants continue to gain power in Pakistan.
During his 40-minute briefing, the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan said, "Can you get to the right end-state in Afghanistan if you have a deteriorating or failed state in Pakistan? The answer is probably no."
McKiernan predicted that the US would need at least 2 to 3 more years to finish its mission in Afghanistan.
President Obama is sending 60,000 more troops and has asked for #199 bullion for Afghanistan while other NATO countries are pulling out. Afghanistan will be much tougher to win than Iraq. If Obama intends to win it it will surpass Iraq in deaths and money. This is something to think about.
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