Nanny State: Obama, are you listening?

02 December 2009

Obama, are you listening?

President Obama needs to listen to Americans and to Afghans before escalating the war in Afghanistan.

Obama Approval on Afghanistan, at 35%, Trails Other Issues

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are far less approving of President Obama's handling of the situation in Afghanistan than they have been in recent months, with 35% currently approving, down from 49% in September and 56% in July.

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Many Afghans Say Surge is the Wrong Strategy
Anand Gopal | Dec 1st, 2009 | The Wall Street Journal

KABUL — Some powerful Afghan politicians and tribal leaders have expressed doubts that more U.S. troops can turn the tide of the war, as President Barack Obama prepares to unveil a new Afghanistan strategy Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has been briefing allies about his plans for Afghanistan. He’s expected to tell the public — and lawmakers — how many more troops he’ll send and that it’s not an open-ended commitment. Video courtesy of Fox News.

“We should focus on building the Afghan security forces, not sending more troops,” said Sebgatullah Sanjar, the chief policy adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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