Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Headline Win

TPM scored with this gem:

Don't Look Now But We're Mired In A Land War In (Central) Asia

The Vietnam comparison always worked better for Afghanistan than even Iraq. And if it wasn't for Vietnam LBJ would be remembered for the Great Society, Medicare, Civil Rights and the War on Poverty.
There is a debate within the Obama administration over whether to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan at a time when public support for the eight-year-old war is eroding.

McChrystal submitted his report to the Pentagon on Monday.

A CBS News poll released on Tuesday said four in 10 Americans surveyed said they want U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan decreased, a percentage which has been rising since the beginning of 2009.

The poll found that less than half, 48 percent, of those questioned said they approved of Obama's handling of the situation in Afghanistan, down from 56 percent in April.

McChrystal has about 103,000 troops under his command, including 63,000 Americans, half of whom arrived this year as part of an escalation strategy started by former President George W. Bush and ramped up under Obama.

The force is set to rise to 110,000, including 68,000 Americans, by year's end.

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