NPR is reporting that in all probability Obama will announce on Dec 1 that he will increase troops in Afghanistan by about 34,000, most of the 40,000 General McCrystal requested the military industrial complex demanded.
That will push US troop levels over the 100,000 mark not counting the Blackwater-esque mercenaries that often match the formal military troops about 1 to 1.
The undeclared war is in its 8th year, although the announced enemy has shifted from the 9/11 planning Al Qaeda to the tribal Taliban who are no threat to the US.
As yet, there is no reason given for the war, other than to root out Al Qaeda.
In fact, there are only about 60,000 troops available in the US for commission to the war-torn country. It is estimated that it will take many months for the troops to be deployed.
Obama, who ran against Bush’s wars during the election campaign, now owns both wars. He is expected to give a justifying speech on the evening of December 1.
The ‘change to believe in’ has been no change at all: increased killing, mountainous debt and a US foreign policy predicated on constant war. The same as Bush.
The NPR report is truly depressing news.