October Now Deadliest Month for U.S. in Afghanistan

Posted on October 27, 2009

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From the Associated Press via Breitbart:

U.S. forces say eight American troops have been killed in multiple bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan. The deaths make October the deadliest month of the war for American troops since it began in 2001.

Deaths in Afghanistan now stand at 55 for October after a high of 51 in August.

President Obama has now had General McChrystal’s request for more troops for almost 2 months, but still insisted yesterday that he won’t rush his decision about sending additional troops to the war-torn country.

The mission has become unclear with President Obama’s indecision.  So much so, that the top U.S. civilian in the Foreign Service, Matthew Hoh, resigned in protest last month.  In a statement he explained his decision:

“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” he wrote Sept. 10 in a four-page letter to the department’s head of personnel. “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”

It is time for President Obama to make a decision.  If Afghanistan is the right war, as he told us during his campaign, then we must press forward and fight to win it.  The President needs to listen to General McChrystal, whom he picked himself, and recommit to the mission’s purpose.  If he “dithers” much longer, it will become a quagmire.