Sunday, November 29, 2009

Readying for a Surge in Afghanistan

It's a good thing Obama won the Nobel PEACE prize.
Yeah, it sure is. Change you can believe in.

More troops and support is required. So Obama is looking to NATO for help.....

U.S. Enlists Allies in New Surge- Americans Seek Up to 7,000 Extra NATO Troops for Ramp-Up in Afghanistan

The Obama administration is in advanced talks with its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies for a coordinated rollout of a new Afghan war strategy, which U.S. officials hope will include a commitment by European allies to send several thousand additional troops. U.S. and European estimates of the new troops they may get from NATO allies vary from 3,000 to 7,000.

.........And, Obama is expected to send more American troops and massive amounts of equipment needed for the surge.

CentCom planners study massive move of equipment to Afghanistan

[CentCom] planners are in the midst of the military's biggest logistical challenge since the Vietnam War. How do you marshal billions of dollars in equipment to escalate one war in Afghanistan while scaling back another in Iraq?
"This is probably the most complicated logistical operation we've done in our lifetime," said Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dowd, director of logistics for CentCom, which is based at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base. In a wide-ranging interview with the St. Petersburg Times this week, Dowd said landlocked Afghanistan presents greater difficulties than Iraq with its fewer routes of supply.
CentCom is now conducting an assessment of air strips in Afghanistan, and Dowd said engineers will have to expand them in order to resupply larger numbers of troops by air. "I'm a little concerned about" airfield capacity, Dowd said. "We've got to expand and make it better."

Obama is expected to announce next week an escalation of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan that will send as many as 30,000 additional troops

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