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|Members of Illinois Congressional Delegation Disagree on Obama Troop Buildup
|They are on opposite sides of the political aisle, and two federal lawmakers who represent the area have opposing opinions about additional troops going to the Middle East.
President Barack Obama announced his strategy Tuesday night for Afghanistan, as heard live on WGIL, which involves sending another 30,000 U.S. troops in the next six months to fight in the war there. Obama also put a timetable on withdrawing troops. The first forces will begin coming home in July of 2011.
Republican Congressman Aaron Schock says he applauds the president's decision to send the additional troops, which Schock called "the necessary next step to defeating the Taliban and al-Qaeda." Schock says by denying terrorists safe havens they need to operate in Afghanistan, the move can help prevent the possibility of a destabilized nuclear Pakistan.
Democratic Congressman Phil Hare says the President approached a difficult decision in a "thoughtful and deliberative way, a welcome departure from the cowboy diplomacy of the last eight years," referring to the Bush Administration. However, Hare says the time for a troop surge in Afghanistan was years ago, but "we were bogged down in Iraq."
The Rock Island lawmaker says for too long the Bush Administration wrongly focused its attention on Iraq, allowing al-Qaeda to regroup and take safe haven in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other regions. Hare says he's not convinced that sending more troops to Afghanistan will do anything to defeat America's terrorist enemies.
President Obama said during his speech to the nation from West Point that the first new U.S. forces will join the fight in Afghanistan by Christmas. The war there has been going on for eight years following the September 11 terror attacks.
|12 02 09 by Newsroom
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