Monday, March 30, 2009

Mr. Obama...Afghanistan IS NOT America's War, It Is Your War

First, for those that doubt the word of, leave no doubt that President Barack Obama has unfortunately decided to ADOPT George W. Bush's wrong sighted policy of DEMOCRACY building when it comes to his decision to wrongly endanger the lives of 17,000 more young fighting men and women by sending them into Afghanistan.

American Forces Press Service

'Flourishing' Democracy in Afghanistan Remains Long-term Goal, Gates Says

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2009 – The United States’ short-term goal for Afghanistan may have been refined, but the long-term goal has stayed the same, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I think the near-term objectives have been narrowed,” Gates said, referring to the Afghanistan-Pakistan policy review President Barack Obama unveiled March 27. “I think our long-term objectives would still be to see a flourishing democracy in Afghanistan.

“But I think what we need to focus on … is making headway and reversing the Taliban’s momentum and strengthening the Afghan army and police, and really going after al-Qaida, as the president said,” the secretary said.

We as a nation voted for change, and we also gave Barack Obama a mandate...Bring our troops home. Tying them down in Afghanistan for a decade or more, involving us in a new Vietnam does not keep that promise. This newest troop surge puts 68,000 troops in harms way in Afghanistan, and you can expect that number to grow significantly. Even more troubling...Obama's plan cannot and will not work unless he puts the lives of tens of thousands of CIVILIANS in harms way...which in turn means ever growing numbers of troops to support and protect those citizens placed into harms way.

“We have to recognize that part of our task I’m working with Pakistan is not just military,” he said. “It’s also our capacity to build their capacity through civilian interventions, through development, through aid assistance.

“That’s part of what you’re seeing -- both in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- I think is fully resourcing a comprehensive strategy that doesn’t just rely on bullets or bombs, but also relies on agricultural specialists, on doctors, on engineers, to help create an environment in which people recognize that they have much more at stake in partnering with us and the international community than giving into to some of these extremist ideologies,” he said.

This begs the question America...can you RISK volunteering with groups such as the Job Corp, Americorp or other groups if it could find you taken prisoner in Afghanistan, a hostage of radical Taliban terrorists, or worse, beheaded for trying to open a school for girls? Noble causes are great, but noble causes in war zones almost always end tragically. As example, Lahore Pakistan today saw how many innocent people killed in an attack on a Police Station? Just this past Friday in Afghanistan two American Trainers were killed.

We need to send the White House a clear message...we want out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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