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Monday, December 07, 2009

End Game, Time Frame Important Aspects Of Afghanistan Strategy


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President Obama recently released plans for his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Placed squarely between the proverbial rock and the hard place, Obama's plan has its critics from all ranges of the political spectrum.
The plan has picked up some grudging support from the right but many, such as Senator John McCain, found fault with the withdrawal date. These critics say that the Taliban will just have to lie low until the withdrawal and pick up where they left off after we leave.
They fail to understand that the moment the Afghans begin to see us as 'occupiers,' and some already do after eight years of the unresolved conflict, the entire population will forget their differences and unite against the foreign invaders as they have done many times in history. If that happens any hope of what we see as 'success' in Afghanistan is gone.
By emphasizing a withdrawal timeline and training the Afghan military and police it is hoped that the perception of NATO troops as occupiers will be mitigated. President Obama knows American public support for the war is fading and he knows it is unfair to keep sending our troops on endless war tours. There has to be an end to this.
This is a simple concept and the President's critics would rather bash him over the head than admit the correctness of the withdrawal plan.

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