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Originally posted by carewemust
Why did it take President Obama 6 months of meetings and soul-searching
to make such a basic decision?
Originally posted by Sestias
After hearing Obama's rationale last night, I am reluctantly deciding to give him the benefit of the doubt.
I personally would like both wars to end immediately.
It's true, though, that when the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam so suddenly it threw the whole region into chaos. There was little advance preparation for the pull-out. Vietnamese civilians who had been aiding the Americans during the war were dealt with harshly by the Viet Cong and in many instances killed. Another one of the results of the rapid withdrawal was Pol Pot took over Cambodia, and history has recorded what happened there. The movie "The Killing Fields" is all about that.
The communists probably would have taken over Vietnam anyway, but a more gradual de-escalation would have probably been more workable and better for the region as a whole.
It's true Obama said during the campaign that he would step up the war in Afghanistan, and that's what he's doing.
His speech last night made some sense to me. I'll be more enthusiastic, though, when I see progress being made in stabilizing Afghanistan and effective pressure being put on Pakistan, which is in some ways more of a threat to us.
Bottom line...a surge is neccessary for withdrawl. You don't turn your back and walk away from someone throwing punches. Between the 30k American Troops, International troops...likely to match 30k and bringing the locals online to some degree it should be able to depress the attacks and afford time to withdrawl troops before the enemy regroups...in a perfect world the Afghans would step into the void as withdrawl occurs...that is the theorey anyways.