A leading GOP lawmaker on U.S. military policy says he wants American officials to consider establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina says that having a few U.S. air bases in Afghanistan would be a benefit to the region and would give Afghan security forces an edge against the Taliban.
Graham tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he wants to see the U.S. have "an enduring relationship" with Afghanistan to ensure that it never falls back into the hands of terrorists.
President Barack Obama plans to begin drawing down American forces in Afghanistan next year and hand over security to Afghan forces in 2014.
Obama has talked about an enduring presence in Afghanistan but not exactly what that would entail.
Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 7:13 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by jesse123456 at 6:35 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
American forces abroad have an opportunity to aid in stability to countries and their regions. A permanent presence could build our relationship with those in the region. We could offer more extensive training. When US expands to bases abroad, trade in that region has been documented to have increased. Historically, a military overseas 'permamenet' presence has deterred threats. Once established, our presence becomes crucial to peace, IMO.. I read a book by Kugler (I think) that said about removing ourselves from overseas bases, "could be destabilizing and could inflict major damage on common global security interests.." I agree with this. I also agree with the idea that being located in some middle eastern nations allows us to international/military operations other than war (Bosnia, for example)...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:57 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 9:32 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
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Answer by Jambo4 at 6:34 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 7:25 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
I don't see a problem with it! We're pretty much a presence in most of the corners of the world, so why not?!
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:45 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:58 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:10 PM on Jan. 2, 2011