I am concerned about President Obama’s decision to send more and more troops to Afghanistan. History has shown that Afghanistan is the “graveyard of empires.” Increased civilian deaths cause outrage, which leads to support of the insurgency, and will drive Taliban and al-Qaida fighters back to Pakistan. Expansion of the war to Pakistan weakens its fragile democratic government. Can we afford to escalate a war that is already costing $4 billion a month?
Finally, what happened to Obama’s pledge of the primacy of diplomacy over war?