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Kerry Could Buck Obama on Troop Increase to Afghanistan

By Lois Romano
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Ma) is sounding more and more leery about sending additional troops to Afghanistan, per the request of the top U.S. general in the country. In an interview for The Post's Voices of Power video series, Kerry said he is prepared to buck the administration if his fact-finding leads him to conclude that Afghanistan could turn into another Vietnam -- a war in which he served and was decorated, but later protested against. He heads to Afghanistan for a fact-finding visit soon.

Watch the entire interview at Voices of Power»

Posted at 8:38 AM ET on Oct 1, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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Poor misguided John Kerry. If we pull out then people will move back in who want to kill and attack Americans here. And have already done so! The Viet Cong had no such desire. A big difference eh?

Posted by: FLvet | October 1, 2009 11:05 AM

The only accomplishments we have made in Afghanistan are:

1) a booming heroin market that had been quelled by the taliban.

2) increased violence in pakistan as taliban warlords push across country borders.

If we win in Afghanistan WHAT do we win? We win nothing. Just like the big nothing we won in Iraq. China is now drilling for oil in Iraq. Not US... China.

Finding and killing Osama Bin Laden will not end terrorism any more than killing Peter ended Christianity, or killing Martin Luther King ended the civil rights movement.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 1, 2009 10:54 AM

Maybe he'll be appointed "president" after the generals stage their "bloodless coup"?
But only if Lez and Dick approve.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 1, 2009 10:27 AM

John Kerry's opinion on war is that of a misguided Lt. j.g. He has no concept or understanding of the true meaning of world conflict. He is a fool.

Posted by: staterighter | October 1, 2009 9:32 AM


It's about time someone among the Dems took a leadership position on Afghanistan. But why the hesitation? What more needs to be investigated? Afghanistan already has become Obama's Vietnam, placing America among the nations whose military adventures there have proven costly and futile.

If Kerry needs to study the issue further, one wonders if he's suffering from post-Vietnam amnesia. The very fact that he's willing to challenge and not appease the Pentagon raises his asset value as a possible Dem presidential alternative in 2012, should Obama fail to stand up and assert civilian control over military strategy.


Where's the Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division probe into the deployment of harmful, silent microwave and laser directed energy weapons against unjustly "targeted" American citizens and their families?
OR RE: "GESTAPO USA," "Domestic Torture Via Radiation Weaponry..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 1, 2009 9:06 AM

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