MARK’S ORIGINAL POST
“it’s not about doubling down or leaving” – Obama administration official.
Ok, now we know what President Obama’s review of the war in Afghanistan WON’T include .
He won’t be cutting the number of troops.
“There appears to be a frustration that the review of strategy has, at times, been portrayed in black and white terms of a massive increase or reduction of troop numbers.”
The mood has been reflected in a BBC commissioned poll published yesterday. Results found that more than half of Britons oppose the country’s military campaign in Afghanistan. A decision to send an additional 1000 British troops to Afghanistan is currently pending.
Only last month, General Stanley McCystal, Nato commander in Afghanistan called for an additional 40000 troops to be sent to Afghanistan, without which he felt the game was up. Obama’s not planning on cutting troops – but there aren’t any signs of him increasing them either. And Obama’s indecision is costing lives, says this blogger.
‘American troops have become casualties of this rift between the White House and its military leaders‘
Are 40,000 troops really what Afghanistan needs? Can an increase in troops speed up success?