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Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

President Obama said Tuesday he intends to “finish the job” in Afghanistan on his watch and destroy terrorist networks there. The president said he would reveal his decision on how many additional troops to deploy to Afghanistan after Thanksgiving.br /Military observers have been expecting Obama to deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 US forces to the 8-year-old conflict. Well, that will surely “finish the job”—not! While the president has been contemplating the Taliban have been preparing for the winter offensive season—to beat them soon we should have been attacking them in their camps for the past several months, as our commander, General MacCrystal, proposed—who, by the way, said the minimum number of additional troops needed was closer to 45,000. The Pentagon has already said that we’ll be trickling these forces into country. The way to make an impact is to introduce them quickly. Will that be a challenge? Yes! But do we want to “finish the job” or just work comfortably. More pure politics here.

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