[This article was published on Blogger News Network in October, 2008. It has drawn 4,806 readers to date and has four ratings, all 5 stars. While some of the details have been overtaken by events, others have not, and the thrust of the arguments has not changed a bit. Only the stakes have been raised.]
According to media reports, American commanders in Afghanistan are asking for 5-10,000 troops above the 4,000 approved for deployment and the 10,500-12,000 already requested–for a total of up to 26,000. 32,000 are currently in Afghanistan. Overshadowed by the elections and global financial crisis, this proposed major escalation is moving ahead with little debate. And it is not a temporary ”surge”; the generals are seeking these new troop levels for the duration of the war, however many years that may involve.
Before we make this move, a weighing of pros and cons would appear to be in order. Continue reading »