More Troops needed in Afghanistan -Admiral Mullen
As the security situation has deteriorated in Afghanistan, there has been much debate on the pros and cons of the Afghanistan conflict. Many believe that security in Afghanistan is dependent on well trained and loyal Afghan Security Forces.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told a Senate Committee that an additional 2000 to 4000 troops, US or NATO, are needed to train Afghan Security Forces. Admiral Mullen also strongly suggested that more combat troops were needed.
General Stanley McChrystal recently completed a detailed study of strategy for Afghanistan. Congress is divided on the issue of more troops and apparently Secretary of Defense Gates has not yet bought into the idea of more troops.
My hope is that politic is not played with the life of our troops. Either give them what they need or get them out of Afghanistan.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that 2,000 to 4,000 additional military trainers from the United States and its NATO partners will be needed to "jump-start" the expansion of Afghan security forces and strongly suggested that more U.S. combat troops will be required to provide security in the short term. "A properly resourced counterinsurgency probably needs more forces," Mullen said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Mullen spoke amid a growing political debate over Afghanistan as President Obama weighs a recently completed assessment of the war by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander there.
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