U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Obama should decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan before the runoff presidential election there Nov. 7th. Graham thinks an announcement to send troops would encourage the Afghan people to risk their lives to vote, while sending a message to the Taliban.
“Announcing it before the election would embolden the Afghan people to risk their lives to participate in the election, knowing that the American and coalition forces are going to be there to help them through,” said Graham. “It’s also an opportunity to send a message to the Taliban and insurgency that we’re going to fight you and beat you.”
Senator Graham says the American troops and their mission in Afghanistan need full support from the President, and that a decision is needed soon: “There’s no way you can loose 8,000 or 10,000 troops if he comprises the troop request by 30 or 40 percent, without having an affect on the ability to reach the March objectives, and the objectives were to defeat the Taliban and stand by the Afghan people. Everyday that we wait it comprises our ability to turn this around. I think it’s imperative that the President act sooner rather than later. This is taking too long now. We’re in a situation where we’re sending all the wrong messages to the moderates in Afghanistan, our own troops and the insurgency.”