CM closed the first one, which is a shame. Feel free to check out the last 2 answers by Duster, which I was going to give BA before they closed it.
So if people are capable of sticking to the topic, why do some feel a decreased troop force in Afghanistan is a good idea, especially right now with OBL retaliation eminent, but also in general, when Afghanistan is still unstable (like say, Vietnam was) and isn't under control of an organized provisional government (like say, Iraq or Germany)? How does removing manpower and equipment from an unstable region NOT endanger the safety and lives of the troops left behind (like the approx 50k in Iraq with reduced equipment and resources today while AQ plans their revenge)?
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Answer by Fushithedruid at 12:55 PM on May. 10, 2011
Answer by DusterMommy at 1:05 PM on May. 10, 2011
I don't see bringing half home or any home as a good thing. Saving a few lives while almost surely losing most of the troops left there is only more loss of life. They need the back up and the strength, that's why we call our military, troops, they belong together as protection not only for us but for the protection of each other. Decreased numbers equals increased death.
Answer by amazinggrace83 at 1:05 PM on May. 10, 2011
I agree with General patraeus, I think he has a handle on what's goin on there.
I do not believe we are affecting change in Afghanistan, look at the number of years we have been there..and the little progress thats been made..there never was a clear goal from the start. There needs to be special ops to infiltrate and take out terror organizations....not a full ground war that is costing us LIVES and $$ and there is STILL no end in sight
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:10 PM on May. 10, 2011
Answer by DusterMommy at 1:12 PM on May. 10, 2011
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:15 PM on May. 10, 2011
Has nothing to do with being OK with me. They have been doing it in Iraq and need to start in Afghanistan. General patreaus said the same thing...thre are still missions to be completed for sure..but a full on ground war? with no plan or end ga,e in sight? How would you feel if in 10 years we are still having this conversation?
I agree. The highlighted portion is a big question to ponder. The General's POV is interesting- Doesn't he have some legitimate experience and knowledge in this arena?
Answer by Sisteract at 1:23 PM on May. 10, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:24 PM on May. 10, 2011
NP, I read a good portion of the other question..I hate how cm reorganizes closed questions. You had a very good question and the direction it took was shameful. I suppose she got a lot of points though.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:28 PM on May. 10, 2011
Answer by DusterMommy at 1:29 PM on May. 10, 2011