WSJ: Obama To Oppose Expansion of Afghan Security Forces
2:29 PM, Nov 30, 2009 • By BILL ROGGIO
President Obama seems set on issuing a series of conflicting messages concerning the new strategy in Afghanistan. He has said that the U.S. will be out of Afghanistan by the time his term is over (and hopefully he's assuming he'll be reelected) and apparently he will emphasize this again during his speech. Yet this report in the Wall Street Journal says the administration opposes the expansion of the Afghan security forces:
If the U.S. is set on withdrawing from Afghanistan by 2017, who will fill the gap in security? One reason the United States was successful in transitioning security in Iraq to the Iraqi Security Forces is that there were large number of Iraqi soldiers and police on hand. This Iraqi surge in forces is one of the major reasons the U.S. has been able to scale back forces. If President Obama wants to responsibly pull troops back from Afghanistan in the next seven years, he had better start the process of massively expanding the Afghan Army and police now.