Donald Douglas noted this article from Investor’s Business Daily:
Americans, In Reversal, Now Back Afghan Troop Surge
By Sean Higgins, Investor’s Business Daily
As President Obama mulls the military’s request for a big troop build-up in Afghanistan, Americans have swung in favor of such a move, according to a new IBD/TIPP Poll.
The survey of 927 adults found that a plurality of 48% favors sending more troops and resources to Afghanistan. That’s a sharp reversal from September, when Americans opposed the idea, 55%-35%.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forc es in Afghanistan, has reportedly asked for another 40,000 troops to help control rising violence.
But Obama is in no rush to make a decision, holding a series of high-level meetings with military and political advisers on his next move.
And the upsurge in overall support for more troops in the IBD/TIPP Poll may not sway Obama.
That’s because the turnaround comes from a surge in support from Republicans — up 27 points just in October to 72%. A month ago, GOP respondents had leaned against sending more troops, 47%-45%.
Independents narrowly support beefing up America’s commitment to Afghanistan, 45%-42%.
But Democrats say no more blood and treasure by 57%-32%. Many congressional leaders have signaled their reluctance to send reinforcements.
Much more at the link.
Let’s assume that the survey is accurate, and that Republicans support an aggressive policy to win the war, and Democrats think it can’t be won and shouldn’t be fought. At some point, President Obama has to take a decision about what he is going to do, because not deciding what to do, just letting things fester, should not be an option. The President owes it to the public, and as Commander-in-Chief, he owes it to the soldiers and Marines serving under his command: either decide to fight and win, or get the Hell out; anything else is a senseless waste of American lives, leaving our Army and Marine Corps in harm’s way for no purpose at all. As an IBD editorial put it:
The president’s decision to withhold more troops over the country’s less-than-pristine election is nothing but stalling. For our soldiers, desperate for reinforcements, it’s a slap in the face.
It is a reasonable point to say that President Obama shouldn’t be too rushed, that he needs time for a considered response. But he has also been our Commander-in-Chief for nine months and a day now, very nearly a fifth of his whole term, and it has to be asked: just how much more time does he need?