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article imageVeteran U.S. Senator: War in Afghanistan another Vietnam

By Andrew Moran     Dec 13, 2009 in Politics
Veteran United States Senator George McGovern wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Sunday and said that the war in Afghanistan is another Vietnam.
After running on a Presidential campaign of peace, Americans and people worldwide were surprised to hear President Barack Obama announce that he would increase, even more, the number of troops in Afghanistan. It was also underreported that the President authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to increase the amount of unmanned drones, which expands the war into Pakistan.
A recent Gallup poll released earlier this month shows that only 35 per cent of Americans approve of the way the President is handling the war in Afghanistan, which is down from 49 per cent in September and 56 per cent in July.
The former 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate and former Senator of South Dakota, George McGovern, published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on Sunday to discuss the war in Afghanistan and how he disapproves of it, according to Press TV.
“I am astounded at the Obama administration's decision to escalate the equally mistaken war in Afghanistan. And as I listen to our talented young president explain why he is adding 30,000 troops -- beyond the 21,000 he had added already -- I can only think: another Vietnam.”
The ardent supporter of Obama during his run for Commander-in-Chief further added, “I hope I am incorrect, but history tells me otherwise.” McGovern also compared Obama to Democratic President Lyndon Baines Johnson who decided to escalate the war in Vietnam.
Nevertheless, like most, he understands the financial issue as well when it comes to the foreign policy of the United States. McGovern said the US cannot afford to wage the war in Afghanistan, “With a 12-trillion-dollar debt and a serious economic recession, this is not a time for unnecessary wars abroad. We should bring our soldiers home before any more of them are killed or wounded -- and before our national debt explodes.”
A short time after the President was inaugurated, McGovern urged Obama to not increase anymore troops in Afghanistan and consider withdrawing American forces.
Supposedly Obama announced a troop withdrawal as of July 2011 but Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said he needs financial and military help from the US and NATO until 2024 and many military and administration officials are finding that date unfeasible.
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