Right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks former President George W. Bush vowed to capture Bin Laden “dead or alive,” tough talk that many of us supported without question. Fast forward eight years and over 1400 deaths, Bin Laden remains at large.
President Obama has to make a major decision regarding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan and when. General Stanley McChrystal submitted the request for 40,000 more US and NATO troops to defense Secretary Robert Gates in September. The Pentagon has reported that Gates himself has yet to decide whether the troops are needed. President Obama has stated that he would review and evaluate the entire matter before making his decision.
While John McCain and prominent Republicans are urging the President to make a swift decision, Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly advocated for a strategy that would focus more narrowly on al Qaeda targets with air strikes. The President obviously has some of the best military strategists and political advisors in the world at his fingertips, but nothing takes the place of citizen input, including the mothers and fathers of our brave young men and women that may be placed in harm’s way.
Although the final decision rests with the President, it is incumbent that we let our concerns and recommendations be heard. Now is the time to speak up and speak out. Take a minute to contact the President and elected officials and let your voice be heard.