Town Square

Post a New Topic

Obama’s Important Announcement

Original post made by Cindy Cross, Parkside, on Jun 20, 2011

Obama’s Important Announcement by Cindy Cross
President Obama will be making an important announcement on Wednesday. He will officially announce plans to either withdrawal or significantly cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan next month. Also at issue is whether the U.S. will officially hand the reigns over to the Afghan troops in 2014 to handle their own national security.
“He’s finalizing his decision. He’s reviewing his options,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said today.
Varying opinions from all sides are hounding Obama. Many believe that with Bin Laden taken out, and al Qaida on the decline, a complete withdrawal is warranted.
According to a Associated Press-GfK poll in May, 80% of Americans say they approve of Obama’s decision to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops in July and a complete end to military operations in Afghanistan by 2014. Of those polled, only 15% disapprove of the withdrawal.
Keep in mind that Obama tripled the number of troops in Afghanistan. He added 30,000 troops in 2009 as he had promised when elected. There are currently over 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The 30,000 surge in 2009 was done with Obama’s promise to bring home troops in July 2011--next month.
Will Obama keep the troops intact under pressure from General Patraeus, who is the top NATO commander in Afghanistan? Or will Obama consider the opinions of a growing number of senators--Democrats and Republicans, who are calling for a shift in strategy with significant troop reductions.
With 1,427 dead American soldiers and counting, why remain? The Karzai government has no incentive to secure their own country. With millions of U.S. dollars pouring in every year to the tune of over $52 million—why have the U.S. leave?
Today the International Monetary Fund (IMF) refused to release $70 million in reconstruction funds to the Afghan government. With massive government corruption, the IMF questioned whether to withhold future payments. Add the U.S. money that was taken out of the country in suitcases, and it adds up to a small niche of the Afghani elite becoming very wealthy while the rest of the country falls apart and starves.
Let’s hope that Obama will have the common sense to make the wisest decision.


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Question credibility, corroboration before condemnation
By | 5 comments | 1,039 views

What You Need to Do Before Your Child Goes to College
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 333 views