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Afghanistan Buildup Continues To Divide Americans

December 4, 2009 by  

Afghanistan buildup continues to divide Americans On Tuesday, President Obama presented his case for the continuing involvement in Afghanistan, revealing he will send 30,000 more troops but also setting a date for when the units will begin to withdraw. In the days since, numerous politicians, analysts and organizations have offered their take on the new Afghanistan strategy.

However, even those who support Obama’s approach found it hard to agree with the entire plan. For example, the American Legion, an organization comprised of 2.5 million wartime veterans, praised the decision to send in more troops but said it is "troubled" by the attempt to set a timeline for withdrawal.

"[We are] opposed to any exit strategy that takes place before the mission in Afghanistan is accomplished," said national commander Clarence E. Hill, adding that "to do otherwise would more correctly be called a ‘surrender strategy’."

Meanwhile, USAction, a grassroots organization which also led the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq coalition, announced its support of the goal the end to the war, coupled with political and military benchmarks for success, but expressed concern about the plan to send new troops to the area.

"We firmly and resolutely oppose expansion of the war in Afghanistan," stressed USAction program director Alan Charney, explaining that in his view adding 30,000 more soldiers to the effort will make it hard to begin exiting in July 2011.
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    The National Guard is no longer a true ‘reserve’ group. America is illogically ‘obligated’ to fight foreign wars at the drop of a politician’s hat. Our professional military is the new version of Rome’s ‘standing’ army.
    Obummer is moving troops from country A to country B (and we’re supposed to think that’s an improvement). Iran has the cheapest oil in the world, and it’s just a ‘coinkydink’ that we’re acting behind-the-scenes to get it.
    Winning is no longer an option. Now we ‘fight’ wars to ‘prevent’ them.
    And people still can’t figure out how and why America is so screwed-up. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’d rather be free than live under a tyrant and keep silent, I’d be sorely tempted to say that we deserve everything that’s made life so damned complicated.
    We deserve better, America. If Obummer wants to “fight” someone, let HIM go there and FIGHT. NO American blood should be spilled to make that useful idiot, airhead happy.

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