Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Seems I'm Not Alone With Concerns About A Military Buildup In Afghanistan
Sunrise in Afghanistan
I've been expressing during News Talk Online on Paltalk.com my concerns about a possible buildup of U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan at a time when we don't really know the mission.
The United States initially invaded Afghanistan presumably to go after Osama bin Laden and his cronies - responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Since then, there's been mounting evidence that bin Laden may have fled into Pakistan. And the mission has changed. Most recently we were told the troops were there to ensure that the national election would take place (an election that's been tarnished with widespread allegations of fraud). And then we've been told that a poppy eradication program was underway.
Well that' s all well and good, but that's not the reason that was given to the American people when the troops were first deployed. This is starting to mirror the mess in Iraq under President Bush. He announced we were going in to get WMDs. Then changed the mission - several times - losing the support of the American people.
I've said on the show that Afghanistan threatens to become President Obama's Iraq because there is no clear, defined mission. His commanders on the ground are saying that if they're to defeat the Taliban, they need more assets. So we're at a crossroads right now. Do we send more troops in for a purpose unknown. Or do we just acknowledge that bin Laden has fled elsewhere and retreat?
I'm apparently not alone in these concerns. The McClatchey Newspapers are reporting that there are those in the military who are privately expressing the same uneasiness over the direction the nation may take in Afghanistan.
One thing's for certain. No matter which direction is taken, there has to be a clear and defined mission. We owe that to those who are put in harm's way and their families.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini