In case you were busy being inundated about Tiger Woods’ infidelity yesterday (because no one has ever cheated on his wife in the history of mankind), you may have missed a speech President Obama gave announcing that he would be sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan because “this is the epicenter of violent extremism practiced by Al Qaeda.”
Nir Rosen from the NYU Center on Law and Security doesn’t quite understand why the US would send troops to Afghanistan if its motive is Al Qaeda when “Al Qaeda exists to [a] much larger extent in Pakistan.” Also, if the US’s goal is to weaken Al Qaeda, attacking the Taliban makes no sense when they are “a local movement with a very limited and unsophisticated ideology.”
President Obama did evoke sympathy when he acknowledged to the Afghan people, “America seeks an end to this era of war and suffering.” Perhaps he is referring to the following:
- Tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting and hunger
- Air strikes killing 100 civilians (women and children among them)
- Dropping cluster bombs in civilian areas
Perhaps the best solution to ending the Afghan people’s suffering is not to send additional troops to Afghanistan and instead withdraw the troops currently stationed there sooner than the proposed 2011 time table; especially when the local population doesn’t need more soldiers because they want to stop 30 years of war and eventually have calmness so they can be at peace and security. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request.