Palin Urges Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

Sarah Palin visited US troopers serving in Kuwait last July 2008.

Sarah Palin visited US troopers serving in Kuwait last July 2008.

President Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan, Sarah Palin said today.

In a message posted on her Facebook account, Palin said Obama should listen to the general he appointed to win the war.

“Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision,” Palin wrote. “It is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan.”

Obama has said he won’t commit to sending more troops until the military finalizes a strategy for winning the war. But Palin said the President shouldn’t hesitate to send more resources.

“For two years as a candidate, Senator Obama called for more resources for the war in Afghanistan and warned about the consequences of failure,” Palin said.

“As President, he announced a comprehensive new counterinsurgency strategy and handpicked the right general to execute it. Now General McChrystal is asking for additional troops to implement the strategy announced by President Obama in March.”

PALIN’S FULL FACEBOOK MESSAGE ON AFGHANISTAN:

For two years as a candidate, Senator Obama called for more resources for the war in Afghanistan and warned about the consequences of failure. As President, he announced a comprehensive new counterinsurgency strategy and handpicked the right general to execute it. Now General McChrystal is asking for additional troops to implement the strategy announced by President Obama in March. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in harm’s way in Afghanistan right now. We owe it to all those brave Americans serving in uniform to give them the tools they need to complete their mission.

We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail. The stakes are very high. The 9/11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan, and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will once again find a safe haven, the Taliban will impose its cruelty on the Afghan people, and Pakistan will be less stable.

Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision. Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision — it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan.

– Sarah Palin

Eric Zimmermann
The Hill

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