Friday, March 27, 2009

New American plan for the Afghanistan theater of war

By now, one has likely read about the Obama administration's follow-on of 4,000 more troops to add to the already allocated 17,000 troops and "hundreds of civilians" to be sent as re-enforcements to the Afghanistan theater of the war, and the offer of US$1.5 billion (over five years) in aid to Pakistan.

What you might have missed are:

The statement from Senator Carl Levin on the new plan (not all good, not all bad, in his opinion) and the scheduling of a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, April 1st, to call in Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, CentCom CG David Petraeus and USSOCOM commander Admiral Eric Olson to testify.

The statement from Ambassador Said T. Jawad of Afghanistan on the plan and his open request to the NATO allies to do more as well.

The statement from President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan on the plan and his measured support for it.

Now we just need a little more talk of "victory" as a goal and things will certainly be moving in the right direction.

A special CompHyp "thank you" to the FOXNews folks for their great work on the Urgent Queue to get these extra details out to reporters and the public. Bravo, folks.

1 comment:

L.Douglas Garrett said...

Then again, we might be doomed, for someone let Vice President J. Biden have a hand in the policy.

The kiss of death comes to mind.