Posted by: Christian | March 20, 2008

Obama’s Afghanistan Plan [April 2009 update]

Google has been sending a lot of traffic to this post, so above the line is an update:

March 2009 Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy paper (PDF)

And you can watch the announcement:

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All the info below is from the Obama campaign one year ago:

The Barack Obama campaign has put out their foreign policy positions in a seven page document titled “The World Beyond Iraq” (PDF). For parochial concerns I’ll just post the relevant section, which is subtitled “The Central Front: Afghanistan and Pakistan:”

THE CENTRAL FRONT: AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

2007 was the most violent year in Afghanistan since the invasion in 2001. The United Nations estimated that violence increased 30 percent last year. Al Qaeda has built a stronghold in the tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan. Terror groups affiliated with or inspired by al Qaeda are flourishing around the world. As president, Barack Obama will:

Redeploy American Troops to Afghanistan: Barack Obama will deploy at least an additional two brigades (7,000 personnel) of rested, trained American troops to Afghanistan to reinforce our counter-terrorism operations and support NATO’s efforts to fight the Taliban.

Strengthen NATO’s Hand in Afghanistan: NATO currently has about 41,000 troops in Afghanistan. However, the force is short-staffed and some countries contributing forces are imposing restrictions on where their troops can operate, tying the hands of commanders on the ground. As president, Obama will work with European allies to end these burdensome restrictions and strengthen NATO as a fighting force.

Train and Equip the Afghan Army and Police: Barack Obama will strengthen the training and equipping of the Afghan army and police and increase Afghan participation in U.S. and NATO missions, so that there is more of an Afghan face on security.

Increase Non-Military Aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion: To prevent the country’s backsliding into chaos, Barack Obama would increase U.S. non-military aid to Afghanistan to $3 billion. This aid would fund reconstruction, police and army training, embassy operations, and local projects including efforts to impact the lives of ordinary Afghans and to give farmers alternatives to growing opium poppies. The aid would also be tied to better performance by the Afghan national government, including anti-corruption initiatives and effort to extend the rule of law across the country.

Strike Al Qaeda: Last summer, Barack Obama was criticized for challenging conventional thinking and saying that as president, if he had actionable intelligence about the whereabouts of al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan–and the Pakistanis cannot or will not act–then he will use highly targeted force to do so. At the time Senator Clinton said Obama’s statement was a “very big mistake.” Over the last few months, the wisdom behind Clinton’s assertion was called into question as the Central Intelligence Agency successfully took out senior al Qaeda leader Abu Laith al Libi, in North Waziristan, Pakistan, in January.

I’ll put up Hillary Clinton plan in my next post. Download the Obama plan here.


Responses

  1. “As president, Obama will work with European allies to end these burdensome restrictions and strengthen NATO as a fighting force.”

    Well if I was president, I’d make smiles out of rainbows and lead the world to peace with my magic unicorns.

    “Train and Equip the Afghan Army and Police: Barack Obama will strengthen the training and equipping of the Afghan army and police and increase Afghan participation in U.S. and NATO missions, so that there is more of an Afghan face on security.”

    Maybe as president he also won’t use so many runon sentences.

  2. Why is Obama stating a strategy for Iraq before his trip to the area, and before he consults with the commanders on the ground? Obama says we should shift our attention to Afghanistan, but why hasn’t he even voted on the committee for Afghanistan, the committee which he supposedly chaired for the past year? It sounds to me like Obama is simply playing politics with his statements, rather than offering a policy which is based on reality … and a policy which would actually work. Let’s keep America safe and secure, by electing Senator John McCain in November.

  3. McCain will lose

  4. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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