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Military commanders with the NATO mission in Afghanistan told President Barack Obama's chief envoy to the region this weekend that they did not have enough troops to do their job, pushed past their limit by Taliban rebels who operated across borders.
The commanders emphasized problems in southern Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents continue to bombard towns and villages with rockets despite a new influx of U.S. troops, and in eastern Afghanistan, where the father-and-son-led Haqqani network of militants has become the main source of attacks against U.S. soldiers and their Afghan allies.
The assessments about troop needs came as the top American commander in the region, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been working to complete a major war strategy review, and as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, described a worsening situation in Afghanistan despite the recent addition of 17,000 U.S. troops ordered by the Obama administration and the extra security efforts surrounding the presidential election.
"I think it is serious, and it is deteriorating," Mullen said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" program. "The Taliban insurgency has gotten better, more sophisticated, in their tactics."
With the forces added by the Obama administration, the total number of American soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan is now about 57,000.
There is a significant difference between campaigning for the presidency, and actually being the President. The former does not carry with it the consequences and weight which the President must bear upon making a decision.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
There is a significant difference between campaigning for the presidency, and actually being the President.
The former does not carry with it the consequences and weight which the President must bear upon making a decision.
Obama is doing the right thing, with respect to Afghanistan, and shuld do more to remedy the situation there as quickly as possible.
We MUST end our involvement there on a positive note and leave, hopefully, a more prosperous country and people behind. There is no other alternative but to secure Afghanistan and help rebuild it as a nation. Anything less and we risk going back to pre 9/11 Afghanistan. Wasting in the process countless resources and lives.
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I understand the war is a burden, and that it is unpopular for a lot of reasons, some legitimate, most not. However, the solution is not to pull out overnight, that is not even an option. Nor is the solution a constant debate leading to indecision and half assed measures which will only prolong the conflict and create more political and military problems. The United States must fully commit in Afghanistan and stay committed until satisfactory conditions occur across the whole of the country.