The Obama administration may have scrapped the “war on terror” but it is revamping the war in Afghanistan. Obama’s new strategy includes sending an additional 21,000 troops to the region, strengthening the Afghan army and police forces, and establishing what Obama calls clear metrics for evaluating progress. Not everyone agrees, however, that increasing the number of troops is a good idea. Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films says it is a flawed approach and is calling for a policy that does not rely primarily on military force.
But Obama is winning support from his liberal base, particularly the Center for American Progress whose recent report, Sustainable Security in Afghanistan, calls for even more troops than Obama has pledged. Other organizations who opposed Bush’s policies in Iraq, including VoteVets and the Out of Iraq Caucus have voiced their support for or remained conspicuously silent on Obama’s war. Robert Greenwald, Terry Rockefeller of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Kathleen Foster director of Afghan Women: A History of Struggle, and Sean Duggan of the Center for American Progress discuss the future role of the US in Afghanistan.