U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7, WA) just released this statement on President Obama's "I'm increasing troops/I'm pullin out" (???) speech:
“The President’s speech tonight did not convince me that his policy is worth supporting. Last week, I attended a memorial service for seven servicemen from the same striker brigade from Fort Lewis who were killed on the same day in Afghanistan. I will not vote to send another troop to Afghanistan until I’m convinced that this strategy will succeed.
“No matter how many troops we commit, the United States cannot bring about the change necessary to stabilize Afghanistan. This responsibility ultimately falls on the Afghani government and its people, and no outsider can force this change to occur.
“Not only is this war costly in human terms, but it is bleeding our ability to provide for our own people and construct economic recovery and security at home.
“The Bush administration made a fatal mistake when it led us into Iraq and away from finishing the task in Afghanistan, and we have been paying the price ever since. I fear that we are asking our troops to fix a problem of our own making that the military cannot solve alone.”
Here are some previous thoughts on Obama and Afghanistan and, um, Vietnam.