And so, the Afghanistan plan is announced. We’re going in. And we’re getting out.
Going in, with 30,000 more American troops to fight and train and claw back momentum from the Taliban. Going out, or headed in that direction, by July, 2011 – just eighteen months from now.
There was something for everyone last night in the President’s speech at West Point. Building up. Coming home.
But there was no straight up withdrawal. No word on how to pay for the surge. And no guarantees.
This Hour, On Point: eight years in and doubling down in Afghanistan. We’ll look at the plan, and the battle ahead.
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:
John Mearsheimer, professor of political science and co-director at the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. He's been critical of sending further troops to Afghanistan and advocates withdrawing.
Robert Kaplan, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a longtime correspondent for The Atlantic. His latest book is "Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground." He has advocated sending more troops to Afghanistan.
This program aired on December 2, 2009.