Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday that the United States "will never turn our back" on Afghanistan. Gates, who is on an unannounced visit in the war zone, held a joint news conference with Karzai.
"President Obama is sending 30,000 more U.S. troops, the first of which are scheduled to arrive within days," Gates said. "Afghanistan's international partners have pledged at least 7,000 additional troops; when all is said and done, some 43 nations will make up a force."
Gates also was scheduled to meet with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, as well as American military officials.
This should help the morale of the troops. While SecDef is over there, I'm sure he'll lay out what the new strategum is.
Fighting Bin Laden is the wrong war
Bin Laden and others are products of educational/preaching system
What the world cultures and Muslims peace loving should do?
*Change people's mindset*
Winning battles without changing people's mind set is meaningless
Help alternative Islamic doctrines preaching for peaceful coexistence
with world cultures to gain Muslims harts
WITHOUT AN ISLAMIC ALTERNATIVE TO THE MILITANT ISLAMIST DOCTRINE
THE STRUGGLE WILL CONTINUE FOR GENARATIONS TO COME
we need to step back and let others run the show, it is not only our problem, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Phillipeans
It is a worldwide problem
Walk away, let the world decide, either you ante up, or what ever grows in Afganistan is all the nation's fault
Very apropo that the Defense Secretary visit Afghanistan not only to survey the situation first hand, but also to extend personally our support and OUR agenda vis-a-vis our involvement. I can't help but "fondly" reminisce (sarcasm!) how quickly our allies left us in the lurch in Iraq when the shrub and the Prince of Darkness were at the helm. It is good to see our recent efforts at re-establishing diplomatic relations with the rest of the world paying off during this particular effort.
Oh boy! That'll fix everything. :-)
(Make capturing or killing Bin Laden and his cronies the one and ONLY goal or get out NOW!! Enough of this nation building nonsense.)
I have admired Sec Gates for many years, but he really needs to get out of that administration for his own integrity's sake. He can't keep on lying to the US just to keep Obama smiling. He has to know we will not win in Afghanistan because Obama won't allow it. He has to know he is putting the lives/fortunes of many Americans on the line for Obama's political aims - to be the ruler of the world. All bad!