Daniel R. DePetris: The Political Docket


Posted in Afghanistan/Pakistan/Central Asia by Dan on October 14, 2009

Out of my own amusement, I decided to post a few questions regarding America’s role in Afghanistan.  While this survey is certainly a crude and non-scientific way of gauging America’s pulse, discovering what the country’s attitude is a crucial endeavor; especially when Afghanistan could very well be the most important foreign-policy issue of our time.  If President Obama is sincere in re-evaluating the Afghan strategy,  he may want to take the views of ordinary Americans into account.  What do you think?


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  1. kyle said, on October 15, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Public opinion should not be taken into account with a matter like this. Time to stop listening to the people and start listening to the top brass. They’ve requested more troops for years, it’s time to give them what they want, small scale special operations worked in the beginning not so much now.

  2. Dan said, on October 15, 2009 at 5:10 am

    I completely agree Kyle. General McChrystal has been pushing for more troops for the past few weeks, up to 40,000 from previous levels. Although President Obama decided to sign off on an additional 20,000 American soldiers this past March, the situation on the ground is proving that this number is inadequate. The Taliban insurgency is continuing to gain strength, Karzai’s government is still one of the most corrupt on earth, and the Afghan population is skeptical of American motives. Only an effective counterinsurgency strategy (a.k.a. what McChrystal is recommending) will turn this war around.

    A one-dimensional counterterrorism approach will not dampen the Taliban’s might in Afghanistan. And where exactly would this counterterrorism plan be adopted? Afghanistan? Hopefully not, because intelligence agencies have already stated that there are fewer than 100 Al’Qaeda operatives in the country. Seems like a waste of time and money.

    Lets hope Obama starts making the decision that needs to be made…

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