Should the Obama administration escalate the War in Afghanistan in 2010?

  • No, instead the U.S. should help Afghanistan attain safety and rebuild, partially because it has participated in conflict that has debilitated the country in the first place.

    The U.S. should seek to prevent terrorists from regaining power, and should help the Afghan people find safety and opportunity. It should also help women, who under Taliban rule encountered an oppression that may have been worse than anywhere else in the world. Even today, Taliban forces throw acid in girls' faces for going to school. Our military presence, as a separate center of power from the Taliban and the corrupt government, offers women additional chances for dignity, even though they are not our top priority. But despite all this, diplomacy and aid offer a more promising path to the achievement of these ends than a primary emphasis on military solutions. While accounts of the success of the current war strategy differ, much of the news is bad, and civilian casualties are mounting. Lessening our military footprint after nearly a decade of war seems like a move toward sanity.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • The Obama administration should escalate the war in Afghanistan - only if it reduces the efforts in Iraq.

    The Obama administration should escalate the war in Afghanistan in 2010 to fight terrorism, but only if resources are diverted from the Iraqi theater of operation. To spend excessive monies in addition to what is now being spent in Iraq in a poor global economic climate is foolish, especially give the current amount of US foreign debt.

    Posted by: ThegaXen
  • The Obama administration should not escalate the war in Afghanistan.

    No, the Obama administration should not escalate the war in Afghanistan. If anything they need to just send the troops home and stop war. Only Republicans approve of war and over-spending on it. What a waste of precious money for our economy.

    Posted by: FriendlyEzra34
  • The war in Afghanistan should be ended as quickly as possible and not escalated.

    Terrorism should be fought politically, and with surveillance and small-scale operations. There is no need to have an occupying force in Afghanistan. They do not want us to be there, and we should invest our money in domestic rebuilding. An international team should work with the people there to avoid international crime, and let them fix their own country.

    Posted by: DisillusionedGilberto67
  • The escalation of the war in Afghanistan is a useless exercise that will only result in more deaths and hostility towards the United States.

    The war in Afghanistan has not been a successful endeavor in preventing terrorism, but has only wasted billions of dollars and thousands of lives. The French, the Russians and many other countries have tried to "conquer" Afghanistan, but the nature of the many tribe nation makes it an impossible victory.

    Posted by: P3nrIin
  • I disagree because the United States cannot afford to spend more money on the war.

    Although the military has been fighting for good reasons in Afghanistan, the United States cannot financially support such broad operations anymore. There are more pressing concerns at home that must be addressed before the administration dedicates more troops and money to other countries. It would be wise to spend the time, effort and money on America as opposed to the rest of the world.

    Posted by: PrettyVince50
  • The war in Afghanistan should not be escalated, because it is not accomplishing anything.

    We should definitely not escalate the war, because it is not doing any good. More and more of our soldiers are being injured or killed, just to make Obama look good, because he is supposedly fighting the terrorists. All he is doing is making the United States several powerful enemies.

    Posted by: BestGreg
  • With massive debt at home, and history working against us, the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan at this time.

    When Bush invaded Afghanistan in 2001, it was the right thing to do at the time. The ruling Taliban Government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks. However, instead of keeping focused on the invasion and nation-building at hand, he instead got us into a costly and pointless second war. Now, we have lost focus and momentum. Now, we see that Afghanistan is truly where empires go to die. Because we have failed to raise tax revenues specifically to pay for our war efforts, these now constitute massive debt generators, at a time where America is teetering on the brink of default. There is nothing we can't do with drone attacks at this point. We should withdraw and leave Afghanistan be. There are almost no benefits to the blood and treasure we have poured upon it, and even less if we continue to engage in such folly.

    Posted by: MagicalRodrigo30
  • Yes, because it was one of Obama's promises, when running for President, that we would begin our withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    Other than President Obama keeping his word and pulling out of Afghanistan, it would be foolish to stay, because even the forces in the country want us out. Their police and armies have been adequately trained to the best of our ability. The country is going to have to find its own feet now, and grow on its own.

    Posted by: CurvyErich46
  • I oppose our continued presence in Afghanistan, because I believe we need to have our soldiers come home and protect our own borders.

    The war in Afghanistan has produced some results but overall, we are not making a lot of headway in defeating the terrorist mindset by being there. I think our soldiers would be better utilized here in the United States, helping the border control keep our various borders more secure. We should be more concerned with having incidents in our country than with trying to prevent them thousands of miles away.

    Posted by: P0ngCuII
  • No, because there is no purpose in escalating the war there.

    The Obama administration should develop national security forces in Afghanistan, and allow the U.N and N.A.T.O. to oversee the continuing legitimacy of the Afghan government. Our role was done there some time ago, and it would behoove the government to cease spending so many billions of dollars on a country we have no significant interests in anymore.

    Posted by: NSavage94
  • No, there is no reason for the U.S to be in Afghanistan.

    Nine years has been enough for the occupation of Afghanistan. It's evident Osama Bin Laden has either died or has already escaped from it. The only purpose to stay in Afghanistan is to secure U.S interests, which the government is being dishonest about with its citizens. The U.S has had interests in Afghanistan since the U.S.S.R occupation of Afghanistan, in which the Afghan government requested help from the U.S.S.R to fight against U.S backed rebels.

    Posted by: RayEar

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