President Obama said yesterday that he’d send approximately 17,000 more troops to still war-torn Afghanistan.
This prompted a fair number of members of the media to speculate that he was going to go against his promise of withdrawing troops from the Middle East. However, it seems that (while I’d imagine there will be a smallish number of new recruits) a lot of the troops will be coming from Iraq.
During the Bush administration much of the emphasis was focused on Iraq while much of the Afghanistan campaign
fell into disarray. This led to a weird dichotomy of two separate campaigns going on with 90% of the attention being focused on Iraq, while Al Qaeda remained active in Afghanistan.
So what does this mean? Does this mean that the “hope” since the inauguration is going the way of the buffalo? No. It simply means that the campaign that was started first will be finally paid the attention it deserves: the country for the last 8 years has been a hotbed for insurgents and more importantly the RE-resurgence of Al Qaeda. Hopefully Obama knows what he’s doing and can sort it out.
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(Photo courtesy of Army.mil)