Commenter:Judith Asphar More troops? More deaths? Because we keep getting it wrong? What truly entitles us, or NATO, to be there in the first place?
Time for humanity to remember -- Kansas or Kabul -- we're all in the same boat. If we don't shape up and change our priorities PDQ, Mother Nature will do the job for us.
As Carl Jung said -- "what we do not bring to consciousness, comes to us as fate"
Commenter:A Teacher Abolutely no. The previous number of troops have been sufficient to ensure that AlQuada does NOT use Afganistan as their training grounds for terrorist activities. We need to focus our attention on terrorist activities throughout the world, and more importantly, in Pakistan.
We should not be interfering in the extremely complex politics of another country. We have enough problems in this country that demand our financial support. As a teacher, the lack of attention and lack of self-discipline in the children entering kindergarten is frightening.
Commenter:valerie williams yes he should.
Commenter:Greg Tibbits The more troops the better, the faster the US will fall as an empire. The "enough rope to hang itself" phenomenia will kick in, and world and domestic opposition, economic collapse, internal decadence, all empire ailments throughout history, will eventually force the US to behave like a civilized nation, rather than the renegade neo-fascist killing machine it has been for its entire history, an almost exact replica of all the other world empires. Empires are obsolete and perforce violate Christ's command to "Love one another."
Commenter:Sandy As Michael Moore has pointed out, the best way to win over Afghanistan is not only to replace troops with rebuilding technology, but to hire the local residents--not outside contractors--to do the work.
Commenter:lee hersh No more troops. What's needed is an attempt for a political solution. There should be a 4 country meeting: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the US. The central issue at this meeting should be what is needed for area security? ; What is needed to stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan?
The next priority are discussions about the level of corruption in the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This can be done with the individual countries with US aid as the lever to make changes.
Commenter:Progressive Patriot Afghanistan has been the downfall of many empires. The American empire needs to get out of there NOW.
Commenter:Myrna Ponce de Leon Bush got us into it; it's too costly and too primitive a place to change. We need to find a way to get out of there.
Commenter:Mary No! No one has ever been able to win in Afganistan.
Commenter:Susan Helene We should bring our troops HOME and REBUILD America!
Commenter:Tammy Tollefson If any more troops are sent, they should go to protect the thousands of teachers, doctors, construction workers, etc. that we should be sending (and should have in the first place). Afghanistan is a "hearts and minds" kind of place where we'll do far more good to cultivate relationships rather than sewing the seeds for the next generation of Taliban or al Qaeda with our bombing and killing.
Commenter:Henry Coe Yes, we need to complete that mission.
We can't risk Al Quada and the Taliban teaming up and taking over Pakistan and getting their radical hands on a Nuke.
Commenter:Jennifer Everhart BIG HUGE NO!
Commenter:Janice NO, NO, NO, Obama should not send more troops to Afghanistan..
Commenter:Richard Lyon The longer we maintain our armed presence in the Middle East, the larger the number of militant anti-Americans. The security of our nation agaianst further attacks depends on the withdrawal of our troops.