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Obama Demands A Surge In Afghanistan

From his fellow geo-strategists at the Associated Press:

U.S Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (R) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai (2nd R) walk at the presidential palace in Kabul July 20, 2008.

Obama says situation in Afghanistan is precarious

KABUL, Afghanistan – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says the situation in Afghanistan “precarious” and “urgent.”

In an interview broadcast Sunday during his first trip to Afghanistan, Obama said the U.S. needs to start planning now to send in more troops. He has called for an additional one to two brigades — or about 7,000 troops — to be sent to Afghanistan to help counter a resurgent Taliban and quell rising violence.

Obama told CBS News that Afghanistan has to be the central focus in the fight against terrorists.

He said the Bush administration allowed itself to be distracted by a “war of choice” but now is the time to correct the mistake.

Obama also sat down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and pledged continued aid to the country…

On the second day of an international tour designed to burnish his foreign policy credentials, Obama and other U.S. senators held two hours of talks with President Hamid Karzai at his palace in the Afghan capital.

Obama has chided Karzai for not doing more to build confidence in the Afghan government, whose grip remains weak after the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Mark Stroh said the senators had discussed issues including the painstaking rebuilding of the country’s government and economy, the security situation and corruption with Karzai.

The Afghan presidency said Obama’s message was positive.

“Sen. Obama conveyed … that he is committed to supporting Afghanistan and to continue the war against terrorism with vigor,” said Humayun Hamidzada, Karzai’s spokesman…

While officially part of a congressional delegation on a fact-finding tour also expected to take him to Iraq, Obama traveled in Afghanistan amid the security accorded a likely Democratic nominee for president rather than a senator from Illinois.

Media access to Obama was limited, and his itinerary in the war zones was closely guarded…

Obama also has chided Karzai and his government, saying it had “not gotten out of the bunker” and helped to organize the country or its political and security institutions…

How many hours has Mr. Obama now spent in Afghanistan? (Time mostly spent giving out autographs.)

He sure is a quick study to be suddenly able to make such sweeping pronouncements.

But how come a “surge” will work in Afghanistan but not in Iraq?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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