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Quote: Obama on Afghanistan

by campaign2008
October 22, 2008

“It’s time to heed the call from General McKiernan and others for more troops. That’s why I’d send at least two or three additional combat brigades to Afghanistan. We also need more training for Afghan Security forces, more non-military assistance to help Afghans develop alternatives to poppy farming, more safeguards to prevent corruption, and a new effort to crack down on cross-border terrorism. Only a comprehensive strategy that prioritizes Afghanistan and the fight against al Qaeda will succeed, and that’s the change I’ll bring to the White House.”

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), in a speech Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia on national security policy.


  • Posted by Sun Tzu

    Obama’s approach to Afghanistan may be tactically sound, and most assuredly it’s politically expedient at the momment. But would his strategy have legs and has it been thought through carefully. John Warden in Strategic Options: The West and Afghanistan, lays out two complete strategic options for Afghanistan. Do you think Obama has thought this strategy through using sound strategy principles?

  • Posted by john problem

    But the lesson of history is that no nation has ever conquered the Afghans. The 19th. century Brits were sent off with only one survivor to tell the news, and the poor old Russkies couldn’t hack it with 200,000 men. Should we really care about it? Is it not a frontier too far? Do we have the right to be there? Do we want to go on expending our blood and treasure? Could it be that Obama was wanting to sound tough on this to balance his view on Iraqi withdrawal, so as not to displease the six-pack folk? The Brits there now say they can’t hold the enemy down. The trick is to know when to fold.