Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Pros/Cons Of Continuing The War In Afghanistan

Yesterday, President Barack Obama angered millions of liberal democrats in the United States when he announced that he will add up to 30,000 additional U.S. troops to the war effort in Afghanistan. For the past 48 hours, liberals of every stripe have been blogging and talking to the news media about their displeasure at President Obama's decision to increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan. For most die-hard liberals, anything less than a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by President Obama is considered a huge broken campaign promise he made and one they were expecting him to carry out when they voted for him last November. Now liberal democrats are extremely angry that President Obama has gone against their desires and some are even saying that they will no long support him as the President of the United States.

There are pros and cons to President Obama's decision to increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan. On the pros side, there is a good likelihood that more U.S. troops in Afghanistan will bring a peacefully resolution to that almost nine year long war sooner, rather than later. Conservative Americans will point to the Iraq model where more troops in that country brought a more stable nation in a very short period of time. Also, on the pros side - there will now be more American troops available to train Afghanistan troops to take over the long range goal of growing a nation that not only can depend upon itself in the future, but also to have the tools and equipment necessary to defend itself against terrorists. The biggest reason on the pros side to increasing U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan involves the huge downside of allowing that nation to fall back into the control of terrorist that want to harm Americans.

The biggest reason on the cons side of this debate when it comes to increasing U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan solely revolves around the negative consequences that decision will have on many die-hard President Barack Obama supporters. For most liberals, the very idea that President Barack Obama did not decide to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan was a big slap in the face - but when he announced his decision to follow the advice of his military leaders, which is also the GOP position - that choice will end up creating a huge political divide in the democratic party that will be wider than the "Grand Canyon". Just like when President George W. Bush went against his own party on issues like immigration reform and the bailout of Wall Street, the biggest thing on the cons side of President Obama decision to increase troop strength in Afghanistan will revolve around his future political capital in Washington.

There are pros and cons to every major decision that is made by a President of the United States. However, upcoming congressional elections in 2010 will likely go even more the way of the GOP - because President Barack Obama made the tough, but right, choice to finish the job in Afghanistan before U.S. troops are pulled out of that country. Going all the way back to the War in Vietnam, there have always been small groups of Americans that are anti-war no matter what the reasons are for taking this great nation into military conflict. I still remember what happened on September 11, 2001 and I also know what nation was harboring the biggest killer of Americans in history. While there are many more pros and cons to President Obama's decision to increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan - for me, the right choice was to finish the fight in Afghanistan and not prematurely remove our troops from that historical, but troubled, country before the job is finished.

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