Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It Has Been Decided...

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion
~~~~~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Well, it looks like there has been a presidential decision made regarding the number of 'Our Guys' to deploy to Afghanistan by the end of summer. From what I've been reading since our new President was inaugurated, it was a decision delayed until he could get more input from those in charge of the action. He also requested a plan for those troops prior to approval. I've also read where Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked to help conduct 'Review of War' as well.

If I'm not mistaken, the original request was for an additional 30,000 troops.

The Department of Defense put out this statement earlier today.

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

On the Web:

DoD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment

Pursuant to President Obama's decision today, Secretary Gates ordered the deployment of two additional combat units, totaling more than 12,000 troops, to Afghanistan. The 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), from Camp LeJune, N.C., with approximately 8,000 Marines will deploy to Afghanistan in late Spring 2009.
The 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division from Ft. Lewis, Wash., will deploy approximately 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan in mid-summer 2009. This Stryker Brigade and the MEB will deploy to increase the capabilities of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Approximately 5,000 additional troops to support these combat forces will receive deployment orders at a later date.
DoD will continue to announce major unit deployments when they are approved. For additional information on the Marine Expeditionary Brigade, contact Marine Corps Public Affairs at (703) 614-4309. For additional information on the Army brigade, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 614-2487.


I reckon I best be calling the eldest brother DR. His two oldest sons (my nephews) are in the Marines. One is stationed at Camp LeJune. Speaking with him last week, he had said that J. was being sent to Iraq and the T. would more than likely be sent to Afghanistan. And now I know it's more than likely. Two more of my own to send support to. Whoo boy... I'm going to need a second job.

And so it goes......


Mike Golch said...

I think we should have stayed there in the first place and finish the job the first time before picking an other fight in a different country.

Claire said...

Too bad that our defense budget was cut. Darned good thing that all of the pork crap was funded. Looks like our priorities are good and straight in the Obama administration. Yep. Send our guys over on a cut budget, but make sure to use our tax dollars to fund abortions overseas! Seems he really understands the Constitution...

Sorry I stepped on your soapbox. (((hugs)))

Ky Woman said...

While I tend to agree with the premise that we should have stayed in the fight right after we got there, there were things in Iraq that needed to be addressed as well. My concern is that all the work done so far will be for naught unless we do this thing right. Things need to be changed as to who and how they are getting done or not. There needs to be a consortium of leaders who have the "to do" list, along with the list of countries and what they can provide. Ducks need to be gotten together and made to fly right.
And yes, I do know... much easier said than done.

Sweetheart! you know you don't got to worry about stepping up on the soapbox here. Have at it!!
I think that there is a distinct difference in the old President and the new President. One of them had his priorities right and the other one, well...Let's just say he is too busy taking the change from our coat pockets to bother with what's going to bite him on his ass real soon. Ya know?

But what's really scary is that some of those "followers" will get woken up rudely and by then, it's going to be too late. Holding on to the fact the Good Lord will give us strength to get thru these next 4 years.

Bob said...

My concern (with two sons now serving) is that Democrats tend to commit our troops to combat (Korea, Vietnam, etc.) and then undercutting their means to accomplish the mission.

But President Bush (despite doing so was politically suicidal) didn't shy away from the nasty job of finishing off the terrorists who'd gained control of Falluja. Obama would never have had the courage to do that, and today all the rest of Anbar Province would be in the grip of local warlords and foreign terrorists.

As for the "error" of going into Iraq before Afghanistan was cleaned out, we may still be waiting for the Afghani's to get their act together fifty years from now. The error in Iraq was failing to extend the war into Iran when it became clear that Iran was actively involved in destabilizing Iraq. You have to kill the enemy wherever he's hiding.

Ky Woman said...


I understand your thoughts. More so now than a few years ago. Trust me on that.
Your two sons will join countless other sons, husbands, brothers, nephews and all the others who are tasked with this.

But to me, it makes sense that we as well as NATO can do so much more to expedite this mission. The lack of progress and the regression of some areas over the last 8 years has shown that the plan must change. Else, like you stated, it will be another 50 years before we see marked improvement. Which will then make it our great-grand children who will be there.
But Rome wasn't built in a day. Afghanistan won't be either.

There are many Afghans who realize what their needs are and are working with us to make a difference in their own country.

Funny how we on the outside of the inner circle can see the different views as well as the ways and means to the problems we face. But perhaps we don't have the complete "big picture" that they see.
Is that a good thing? Maybe not?
My mind boggles at the amount of details our Leaders must keep in mind when dealing with the rest of the world.
There are repercussions to each one of our actions it seems.
I don't think any one of us has all the answers to the myriad problems we face.

Only time will tell of our success or failure on finding those answers out.