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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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What should America's role in Afghanistan be?

With the war in Afghanistan dragging on and the nation waiting for Washington to make a decision, the debate on the war is something that is starting to come up more again. What do you think our role in Afghanistan should be at this point? Do we commit more troops and how many? How long should we willing to stay? Or should we pull out now or atleast start a pull out plan?

I find it really interesting how this issue has, in my opinion, become less partisan over the last year, to the point where both parties seem to be split on the issue. What are your thoughts?
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #2
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With the war in Afghanistan dragging on and the nation waiting for Washington to make a decision, the debate on the war is something that is starting to come up more again. What do you think our role in Afghanistan should be at this point? Do we commit more troops and how many? How long should we willing to stay? Or should we pull out now or atleast start a pull out plan?

I find it really interesting how this issue has, in my opinion, become less partisan over the last year, to the point where both parties seem to be split on the issue. What are your thoughts?
That we tell the fools in congress to STFU and send the 40,000 that are being asked for.
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Old November 14th, 2009, 10:31 AM   #3
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I think it should be decision time. I'm not American, it's not my business or problem. So it's up to you lot. Or, more accurately, your Government. Obviously, my views are biased (and probably quite obvious). These are your choices:

1. Get out of Afghanistan and declare it a failed state.

2. Send at least 44'000 fighting troops and 26'000 soldiers to train the Afghan Security Force, and set a date for handing over control to the Afghan legislature.

3. Dissolve the Afghan Government and run the country through an appointed colonial governer and gradually replace the soldiers with a mix of American military police and Afghan security forces.

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Old November 14th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #4
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I think it should be decision time. I'm not American, it's not my business or problem. So it's up to you lot. Or, more accurately, your Government. Obviously, my views are biased (and probably wuite obvious). These are your choices:

1. Get out of Afghanistan and declare it a failed state.

2. Send at least 44'000 fighting troops and 26'000 soldiers to train the Afghan Security Force, and set a date for handing over control to the Afghan legislature.

3. Dissolve the Afghan Government and run the country through an appointed colonial governer and gradually replace the soldiers with a mix of American military police and Afghan security forces.
Yay for imperialism!
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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:51 PM   #5
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That we tell the fools in congress to STFU and send the 40,000 that are being asked for.
I agree on this one. Obviously a decision is completely overdue. Not only is the lack of decision bad for the war, but it is also bad for the morale of the Generals and the troops. No doubt the delay in a decision is political, as Obama is probably dead scared how it will affect his ratings, so is playing it in any direction he can, which right now is a low profile and no direction.
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