"President Barack Obama does not intend to decide about sending additional troops to Afghanistan until he is satisfied that the Kabul government can work effectively with the U.S., a top White House aide said Sunday.
"It would be reckless to make a decision on U.S. troop levels if in fact you haven't done a thorough analysis of whether in fact there's an Afghan partner ready to fill that space that U.S. troops would create and become a true partner in governing," said the president's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel."
The Associated Press: Emanuel: Can Afghan govt be effective US partner?
I don't know if you all read this in today's news.
Selfishly, I'm glad Obama is taking his time and making the wisest decision he can (I recognize this is selfish, because if my son were already over there, I would want Obama to hurry up and send more troops as soon as possible).
On the other hand, if I had no horse in this race, no personal stake in this game... I think I would still want Obama to take his time and make the wisest decision possible.
Either way, it's obviously going to cost lives. There are troops over there now in isolated rural outposts, without enough backup to call on when militants attack. it's awful.
But that's war.
If Obama sends more troops before determining the right course for this operation to take, it could unnecessarily cost thousands and thousands of additional American lives, for no tangible gain.
We need to be clear about our objective over there first, and we need to determine whether the current Afghan government is going to be able to partner with us in achieving that objective. And if not, we need to replace them with one that will.
It truly is another Vietnam, if we simply hurl more bodies at an unwinnable war without a clear objective.
I can't support that. I'm glad Obama can't, either.
I wish we didn't already have troops there.
It tears at my heart to think about our brave soldiers over there in danger and without a clear objective.
I wish with all my heart that they can be safe while we figure out what to do.
so if it was your son, you would want obama to make a decision already?
i think the time is now to make a decision.