good question. india?
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
Last edited by Erod; 11-24-09 at 05:05 PM.
This is good news.
However, just now on Hardball, they are saying that there are no hard deadlines, so not sure on all this. However, I do think we ned to set goals, and if we cannot meet the goals, in particular political ones, it might be time to start getting out.The administration's plan contains "off-ramps," points starting next June at which Obama could decide to continue the flow of troops, halt the deployments and adopt a more limited strategy or "begin looking very quickly at exiting" the country, depending on political and military progress, one defense official said.
"We have to start showing progress within six months on the political side or military side or that's it," the U.S. defense official said.
It's "not just how we get people there, but what's the strategy for getting them out," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
I find that fascinating, and really points to the trouble with the whole war in Afghanistan.As part of its new plan, the administration, which remains skeptical of Karzai, will "work around him" by working directly with provincial and district leaders, a senior U.S. defense official told McClatchy.
I must be the only person here who thinks Pres. Obama has done the right thing with Afghanistan by taking his time, pulling together his war cabinet staff, discussing matters with those nations that have a vested interest in how this War in Afghanistan plays out, i.e., Pakistan, India, England and even NATO, and reviewing every detail no matter how trivial it might seem in an effort to come up with a comprehensive strategy to stablize that country and place them on a footing to better government themselves.
As much as many would like to think otherwise, the War on Terror isn't an American war; the lives of many foreign nations were lost on 9/11. As such, the soveignty of several nations were brought into the frey on that dreadful day. It's only right that more nations reaffirm their commitment to halt terrorism in the region and bring a end to this war.
I think he has done the right thing in putting pressure on Pakistan to do alot more to combat terrorism in the south-west region where Taliban and Al Quaida are reportedly holding up, using that area as a safe haven. Why keep giving them millions of U.S. dollars if they're not going to step up to the plate? Perhaps most people overlooked this, but have you noticed how the Pakistan military has taken the fight to the Taliban of late rather than sitting back and waiting for the next terrorist act to occur? Have you noticed that British and NATO forces have begun to get more involved in the fighting? But more important, have you noticed reports coming out of Afghanistan itself where more training of local police and military forces is taking place and that more Afghan security personnel are patrolling the streets where U.S./coalition forces have strongholds?
I'm a long way from praising our President, but I think he has done the right thing here in taking the time to re-evaluate what's really going on over there and working with all entities to find a better way to fight this war and win it.