Feingold: Why Surge Where Al Qaeda Isn’t?

Russ Feingold was on ABC’s This Week this morning and asked he question we all want to know.
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) demanded that one question be answered when considering the implementation of the president’s surge policy: Why send troops where al Qaeda isn’t?
“Pakistan, in the border region near Afghanistan, is perhaps the epicenter [of global terrorism], although al Qaida is operating all over the world, in Yemen, in Somalia, in northern Africa, affiliates in Southeast Asia. Why would we build up 100,000 or more troops in parts of Afghanistan included that are not even near the border? You know, this buildup is in Helmand Province. That’s not next door to Waziristan. So I’m wondering, what exactly is this strategy, given the fact that we have seen that there is a minimal presence of Al Qaida in Afghanistan, but a significant presence in Pakistan? It just defies common sense that a huge boots on the ground presence in a place where these people are not is the right strategy. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
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Posted on December 6, 2009, in News, Politics, President Obama, Television and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I think the point is that Afghanistan is ‘where Al Qaida isn’t’ only because the Taliban have been removed. The country is on a knife-edge and if we loose our bottle now – the Taliaban or similar will again take control. Al Qaida are in Pakistan now because they have been pushed there. They will only stay pushed there if Afghanistan can be stabilised – otherwise the actions to date will have been in vain. The job in Afghanistan still is not finished.

    It is a good point about Pakistan in general through. The job there hasn’t been really started yet….

    For what it’s worth I’ve blogged my thoughts on the troop surge here: http://wp.me/pHMG9-1I

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