“Although a legitimate government was elected by the Afghan peoples, it has been hampered by the corrupt, the drug trades an underdeveloped economy and insufficient security force,” said President Obama in his speech on Afghanistan.
During Obama’s campaign in 2008, he stated three polices on foreign affairs: have a responsible end to the Iraq war, expand the US armed forces and invest in humanity by providing foreign aid.
For all those who voted for Obama, your dreams have come true.
In Obama’s speech he said “we will remove our combat brigades from Iraq by end of next summer and all of our troops by the end of 2011.” He also wishes to increase spending on homeland security and intelligence so we can coordinate better and stay one step ahead. Now he wants to put an additional 30,000 troops in Afghanistan to secure their humanity and unite them. This is what you wished isn’t it?
We have all witnessed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the American people only desire to rebuild our economy and Obama wants to push us further into a war.
But here the reminder of why we are there on Afghan soil, fighting. On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. As we know, these men belonged to Al-Qaeda and Al-Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan, where have Taliban harbored them.
At the time, it seemed as though everyone was on board to fight. The Vote in the senate was 98-0 and the vote in the house was 420-1. Congress authorized the use of military force against Al-Qaeda and those who harbor them. Everyone wanted to see American boots in Afghanistan and Osama Bin Laden’s head on a silver platter.
Obama has asked for the 30,000 troops so that we can properly train the Afghans and they can get into the fight. To leave now would hamper disable the US keep pressure on Al-Qaeda, and create a greater risk of attack on US soil and US allies. When was the last major attack on US soil? It seems like they are dysfunctional outside of the territory since we are in their borders. Don’t you want to keep it that way? What if they obtained a few nuclear weapons from Pakistani’s stockpiles? We must deny Al-Qaeda a safe haven.
Wherever Al-Qaeda and its allies attempt to establish a foothold, whether in Somalia or Yemen or elsewhere, they must be confronted. Where ever a dark cloud of tyranny America will speak out on behalf of human rights. Once again the United States is brought back into the Cold War policing days.
This is Obama’s war. He shall strike fear into the souls of Al-Qaeda and those that come out of their caves will wish they never did.
Chukwudi, better known as Chudy, has been Editor-in-Chief since his sophomore year and has worked on the newspaper since his freshman year. His main focus is editing of articles, social media, and managing the website.