President Barack Obama plans a Tuesday night speech from West Point, N.Y. At that time Obama is expected to announce an increase of up to 35,000 troops to the military personnel already deployed in Afghanistan. One supporter of the move to increase the troops in the war torn country is South Carolina Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Appearing on “ABC News This Week” Sunday, Graham said the future of the country’s national security depends on getting it right in Afghanistan.”
“This is the place where the Taliban took control after the Russians left and aligned themselves with Al Qaeda and attack this nation and killed 3,000 Americans. I hope the President will tell the world, our troops and anybody listening Tuesday that will never happen again.”
Graham says President Obama is right in his assessment that the war in Afghanistan must be won.
Critics say the country has already spent nearly a trillion dollars in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Graham says more belt tightening will likely be needed on a number of domestic programs in order to secure the funds to continue to support the war effort.
“Where does our national security rate in terms of spending? Are there things we can do in the stimulus package? Can we trim the health care bill and other big ticket items to pay for a war we can’t afford to lose? I welcome a debate on how to control government spending and pay for the war.”
According to the website CostofWar.com the United States has so far spent $938 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an additional $130 billion is called for in the 2010 budget.