We’d like to show the side of the world you don’t normally see on television.
Why the heck is the USA in Afghanistan anyway? I know the reasons the USA is pretending to be there for and those reasons are just plain pretzel logic. The USA gave the Taliban the money and the power to get started in the first place so none of it really makes sense.
Does this bother anyone that we are now sending more of our young off to war? So much for Obama being the peace antiwar president.
Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by The New York Times
Obama to Send 17,000 More Troops to Afghanistan
by Helene Cooper
WASHINGTON - President Obama will send an additional 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan this spring and summer in the first major military move of his presidency, White House officials said on Tuesday.
The increase would come on top of 36,000 American troops already there, making for an increase of nearly 50 percent. In issuing the order, Mr. Obama is choosing a middle ground, addressing urgent requests from commanders who have been pressing for reinforcements while postponing a more difficult judgment on a much larger increase in personnel that the commanders have been seeking.
[In a Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, Afghans are seen over the graves of family members allegedly killed on August 22, 2008 during a US led raid in Azizabad village of Shindand district of Herat province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)]In a Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 file photo, Afghans are seen over the graves of family members allegedly killed on August 22, 2008 during a US led raid in Azizabad village of Shindand district of Herat province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)
In a written statement issued by the White House on Tuesday evening, Mr. Obama said that deteriorating security in Afghanistan demands "urgent attention and swift action" to address a problem that has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires."
White House officials said that 8,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., will deploy in the next few weeks, aiming to be on the ground in Afghanistan by late spring, while an Army brigade from Fort Lewis, Wash., composed of 4,000 soldiers, will deploy in the summer.