October 7, 2009
Posted: 1420 GMT

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Keira   October 7th, 2009 3:18 pm ET

Before the number of troops increase, there's got to be a strategy in place first. We can't will a win in Afghanistan or any other country in the region. With a strategy in place, then we can call for more troops.

Afghanistan/Pakistan should've been the goal from the beginning - defeating Al-Qaeda, not Iraq. We could've saved ourselved a lot of headaches if we had!

Bruggen Marc   October 7th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

I voted yes, but the troops would teach the people of Afghanistan to keep the Taliban away.

If they conquer a territory to the Taliban, they would keep it a permanent force to ensure that the Taliban would not return.
So the local people would feel safer, and also help rebuild the local economy, health, education, so the people of Afghanistan provide themselves with the basic needs.

Bye bye from Belgium.

SK Kaul   October 7th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Nato & US stretegy should be to pull Pakistan out of Nomadic & Tribal way of dealing with the political & social issues and governance decisions should be led by honest & committed politicians instead the military there. Also, the large % of drugs are smuggled out of Afghanistan through Pakistan and dirty money flow has vested interests in there; this must stop. Historically to keep Afghanistan unstable & disturbed makes easy for Pakistan to receive without check Arms & aid money from West, Particularly USA. As such Pakistan rulers' effort to develop country evenly across its borders is missing as long as West showers easy favours.
The support toTalibanism (produced & reared in Pakistan) & to Al Quida over past 10 years has been the State policy in Pakistan and Nato & US have been passive in the region.
In broader Policy first pakistan has to be dealt with & led on true democratic ways and simultaneously develop Afghanistan. It would require long time to achieve peace and development in the region and lot of sacrifices in men,materials & money. The efforts started cannot be left half way. That would be too dangerous for the World given the nuclear weapons available with Pakistasn & their policy of spreding threats in return of favours.

Sadiq   October 7th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

I think Afghanistan needs more schools and modern education for the new generation. If the Nato and US troops pull out Afghanistan it will be a great chance for ISI and taliban to conquer Afghanistan once again.

Mark Ryan Hidalgo   October 7th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

They should rather pull out all international troops because nobody`s winning this war and let Afghanistan solve this conflict on their own because they don`t even cooperate with NATO.

It`s been 8 years of war and nothing`s been accomplished yet except innocent deaths or like everybody say ,casualties and they are not just statistics,they`re human lives.

Dorothy Fajans   October 9th, 2009 2:17 pm ET

What I wouldn’t give to see the faces of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck when they heard the news!

Fox News is beside itself – YEAH!

Seriously, though, maybe this is also recognition of a new literacy and intelligence in human discourse, and a validation of reaching out to the “other” to further understanding; maybe even a harbinger of a new relationship among peoples.

M Ariely   October 10th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

President Obama: "CHANGE" will be successful only if

Arab countries will take a major role:
Either they are against the Islamist ideology using the terror as a tactical tool
or they are silent supporters and shelters of the Islamist ideology and terror groups

Without Arab support against Islamism nothing will change on the long run.

Arab and Muslim countries, oil rich with large armies should be required to be major players by;
1: Deploying significant fighting troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen
2: Closing education institutions teaching and supporting Islamism
3: Denouncing the Islamism doctrine in mosks, madras's, Arab media
4: Investing money to build a future for the people

"CHANGE" by officially invited countries to play their roll Egypt, Saud Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait, UAE, Algeria, Jordan, Oman, Syria, Qatar

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