Vice President Dick Cheney said Obama “seems afraid” to make a decision on how to proceed in Afghanistan. “It’s time for President Obama to make good on his promise,” Cheney added. Obama has failed to give troops on the ground a clear mission or defined goals and appeared “afraid. ” The White House must stop dithering while America’s armed forces are in danger.” Obama announced (video above) his Afghanistan strategy March 27, 2009.
On August 30, Gen. Stanley McChrystal sent Defense Secretary Robert Gates a war assessment in which he said 40,000 more U.S. troops and a new U.S. strategy are needed if the U.S. is to defeat the insurgents in Afghanistan. The Taliban is not waiting for election results to continue to kill our troops and attack the people of Afghanistan.
Obama will wait until after Afghanistan’s elections Nov. 7 to decide on sending more troops to Afghanistan. John Kerry told reporters that “common sense” dictates the president would want to wait and see what the Afghan government looks like after the runoff before making a decision on troops. Cheney and other leading GOP voices say Obama is playing a dangerous game that weakens U.S. stature in the region and emboldens the enemy.
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