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.