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New leadership in Afghan War

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I am as troubled as most Americans about our longest running war and want to see it brought to a successful conclusion as early as possible. I am encouraged now that a new leader is in place to take over the war effort in Afghanistan.

It is only appropriate that during the week preceding America's Independence Day that the U.S. Senate approved the appointment of General David Petraeus as the new Afghan war commander on a vote of 99 to nothing.

A Well Respected General

That unanimous vote shows the respect and confidence that the American people, speaking through their elected senators, have in General Petraeus. This appointment is a major part of our efforts to succeed in Afghanistan and contributes greatly toward our goal to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda.

General Patreaus is the architect of the counterinsurgency strategy and now that the troop surge is nearly in place, he will have the requested resources he needs to fully execute this strategy.

During questioning before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on which I serve, General Petraeus reiterated that we have hard work ahead of us in Afghanistan. We are bringing the fight to Al Qaeda and terrorist elements within Afghanistan, so that it doesn't once again become a safe haven for them.

The Goal in Afghanistan

Some question how long U.S. forces will remain in Afghanistan and like many I hope they won't stay longer than needed. Our goal is for Afghanistan to secure itself.

There are important benchmarks, which I helped author, that are set in place to measure progress toward those goals.

I am a strong advocate and proponent of benchmarks to measure progress and will continue to press the Administration to take an honest look at results and evaluate the soundness of our approach.

We know from polling that a majority of Afghans do not want the Taliban to return and believe that the government and NATO and International Security Forces are moving in the right direction. We must break the will of the Taliban and secure the support of the population.

A December Review

With a planned review of progress in December, General Petraeus' assessment of conditions over the coming months will be critical to informing that review and ensuring success with meaningful progress by this time next year.

General Petraeus has stated that he fully supports and agrees with the policy, based upon conditions on the ground, to begin U.S. troop reductions in Afghanistan by July 2011. He has stated that we want "Afghan ownership of Afghan problems." That is what is known as independence.

As Americans celebrate our independence there is real cause for hope that the day is nearing when the Afghan people will be celebrating their independence as well.

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Leadership must start at the very top for any success can be realized. That top post in leadership is President Obama. So far, he has shown none. The former top General had to beg and plead to get the forces needed in Afghanistan to turn the war around.

Today, President Obama continues to do what he did prior to becoming POTUS, being a community organizer. Organizing street protests, that is. You first find someone to blame (former President Bush), divide the people (rich vs. poor), and demonize the opposition (conservatives). So far, this strategy has thankfully failed.

Let us all hope President Obama will turn his focus to being a world leader, and a leader of the American people. Not a mere community organizer. Remember Senator Nelson, you supported his presidential campaign.

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 6:32 PM

The old footage of Obama and the Democrats attacking Betrayus and the Move on ads calling him betrayus is so laughable as to their competence if it weren't so serious would be a joke. This is Bushes General and this is Bushs war strategy amazing how everything is his fault but now his plan is the one Obama falls back on.

I also love how Ben cites polling to decide the plan in a war. The exact problem in any war when beurocrats and politicians get in the way and don't let the Military do their job. Don't these people ever learn?

-- Posted by Chaco1 on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 8:07 AM

Guess we just have too consider the politician thats talking. He is so famous of saying one thing and doing different!!!!!!!

He is so famous and the local newspaper prints everything that he sends them.

Too bad they dont print EVERYTHING, (Good & bad) like other newspapers do.

Makes me wonder what he pays the local paper or maybe he is part owner.

Another money making war for some politicians.

-- Posted by Just a reader on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 9:03 AM

first you find someone to blame, Obama. Divide the people, the rich and the poor, then demonize the opposition, democrats.

Im old enough to remember a time when you questioned how the war was being handled you were anti american and that began only 8 short years ago.

-- Posted by president obama on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 6:28 PM

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