Under Obama-Pelosi-Reid, the US has already sent about 35,000 more troops into the Afghanistan graveyard of empires. Now, Obama is considering another round of re-enforcements—an Afghan surge expected to number about 40,000 additional GIs. But there is a real faction fight in the administration about whether to escalate. Obama is getting plenty of advice from the war party—from Petraeus, McChrystal, and Mullen. It is time Obama, Pelosi, and Reid heard a clear message from a resurgent antiwar movement demanding no escalation and an immediate pullout of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq, plus an immediate halt to Predator drone attacks and C.I.A. operations in the region.
Jake Diliberto, founder of Veterans for Rethinking Afghanistan, at Russia Today – 25 Nov 09 (4:53):
President Barack Obama will announce his escalation of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, Tuesday. Greg Jaffe at The Washington Post reports up to 9,000 Marines, followed by around 1,000 Army trainers, will be deployed to Afghanistan in the days after to begin the 30,000-35,000 U.S. troop Afghan Surge. Eric Schmitt and Steven Erlanger at The New York Times report the Obama Administration will be seeking around 10,000 troops from NATO allies to escalate the U.S.-led military footprint over 150,000 deep—with countless private contractors.
The president passed on the ‘options’ brought to him as they did not include benchmarks to meet before withdrawal. This misses the point the U.S. should’ve been out of Afghanistan yesterday.