More Die While Obama Waffles

Posted: October 26, 2009 in Foreign Policy, Politics
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Update: Eight more American soldiers died in bomb blasts today in Southern Afghanistan. Additional troops were injured and one Afghan civilian died in what was described as “multiple, complex bomb strikes.” The October death toll in Afghanistan has reached 55.

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President Obama plans to pull out of Iraq by August 2010. He continues to be undecided about troop deployments in Afghanistan. However, casualties have steadily mounted in recent days.

In Baghdad, Iraq, 155 died from twin suicide bombings over the weekend, including up to two dozen children that had been trapped in a bus leaving a day care facility. Many believe this was an attack directed at the Shiite government in light of proposed election law that is supposed to aid the country in moving forward with January’s election.

On the deadliest day for Americans in four years in Afghanistan, chopper crashes littered the landscape on Monday. The first was escaping a fire fight with insurgents and 10 Americans were killed. The second was a collision of two helicopters in which four American soldiers were killed and another two were wounded. The previous day two other Americans were killed in firefights.

Later on Monday, President Obama reiterated in a speech at a Naval Air Station in Jacksonville that he will not “rush the solemn decision” to send more troops into Afghanistan. “I won’t risk [American] lives unless it is absolutely necessary.”

Critics of Obama’s wait-and-see approach say the time for him to make a decision is emminent.

“It’s been more than two months since the recommendation went to the president,” said Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ). “And Gen. McChrystal is talking about a 12-month time frame. So clearly time is of the essence here.”

Even the United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, urged NATO defense ministers on Friday to send more troops to the country and help stabilize the region. Nation nations, however, are still awaiting a decision from the United States by President Obama.

In the meantime, lives continue to be lost.

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