The Afghanistan strategy review included many options, but President Barack Obama deemed the increase of 30,000 U.S. troops to institute counterinsurgency operations was the best one.
The president said the national security leadership team discussed the concerns that many people have about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. He addressed them in his speech tonight at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Obama said there are many who say that the war in Afghanistan is like the U.S. war in Vietnam.
"They argue that it cannot be stabilized, and we are better off cutting our losses and rapidly withdrawing," he said. "Yet this argument depends upon a false reading of history."
Unlike Vietnam, a broad coalition supports the effort in Afghanistan, the president said. The Taliban is an extremist group, not a popular front like the Viet Cong.
"And most importantly, unlike Vietnam, the American people were viciously attacked from Afghanistan, and remain a target for those same extremists who are plotting along its border," Obama said. "To abandon this area now - and to rely only on efforts against al-Qaida from a distance - would significantly hamper our ability to keep the pressure on al-Qaida, and create an unacceptable risk of additional attacks on our homeland and our allies."
I have to say, I'm very happy with Obama's speech and dedication to ending this conflict in Afghanistan. Troops are what's needed most and Obama has committed an additional 30,000 troops. This decision is pretty widely supported, though there are always people who will disagree, like windbag Michael Moore. Obama's plan is solid and better late than never.
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critics always complain, but you know there hiding in there ivory towers while others do the clean and dirty work of real world life
im an american soldier and war isnt my life only when american lives are at risk- in this case send enough troops to build up a goverment force and we leave to a certain degree