What Do You Think?

December 08, 2009

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The question posted Friday was: What do you think about President Obama's decision to start pulling out troops from Afghanistan in mid-2011?

Poll results:

Will spur Afghan officials to step up -- 113 votes (14 percent)

Will encourage the Taliban --  401 votes (52 percent)

Will have no effect on the outcome of the war there -- 260 votes (34 percent)

o "Adding troops is a compromise to an impossible situation. This action will result in the same outcome as in southeast Asia, Korea and any other "police action" we have taken part in since World War II. We are not fighting a nation but individuals who look and act like most people in that area. We will never win. We will continue to lose thousands of young people and spend billions of dollars for no reason but to satisfy the conservatives in the U.S. I disagree with the President, but will continue to support him overall."


o "Cut and run? You're all thinking too small. We cut and ran from Vietnam and the Korean wars, we failed, people died for nothing! Read your history books. You can't just run into a country, kill thousands of people, destroy lives, and think for one second it helps? If we pull out now, we lose."

o "Disregarding for the moment the moral and constitutional arguments against foreign intervention, a strong case can be made against it for other reasons. It is clear that one intervention begets another. The first problem is rarely solved, and new ones are created. Indeed, in foreign affairs, a slippery slope exists."

o "We as Americans have to let people live their own lives even if we disagree with them. Even if things happen in a country we do not like. Forcing ourselves on other nations and trying to tell them what is best for them is stupid and foolish."

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