Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Continues to Demand Transparency in Troop Deployments to Afghanistan

September 2009

In a press release dated February19, 2009, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) demanded transparency from the then new Obama administration, especially in regard to the deployment of troops to Afghanistan.

Transparency was the promise as yet not experienced in practice.

Now, at a time when the new commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has described the situation in that country as "serious" and demanding of "a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort," and Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is saying the condition is "serious and deteriorating," the JWV and the Nation have still not seen the transparency and accountability promised by the Administration, both in their campaign and since taking office.

The JWV demands that the Administration makes clear its strategy and objectives before committing still more troops to what has become an increasingly bloody war.

The Administration must heed the words of the JWV's February press release before committing still more American service men and women to a war in a country that has doomed the efforts of foreign armies as far back as the campaigns of Alexander the Great.

As the JWV said at the start of the Obama administration:

President Barack Obama has promised transparency and accountability as hallmarks of his administration. The JWV demands that this transparency extend to all issues in the administration, including the deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan regarding mission and strategies as to both Afghanistan and Pakistan and exit strategies.

The President has announced since the days of his campaign his intention to increase the number of troops deployed to Afghanistan while decreasing or redeploying the number of troops in Iraq. This week he has approved the deployment of the first 17,000 of these additional troops to Afghanistan.

What the President has not told the American people is exactly what the role of these troops will be. Are they being deployed as combat troops; are they there to support the existing Afghan troops; will their numbers be sufficient to counter the insurgent Taliban?

These troops are being deployed at a time when a swath of neighboring Pakistan is being handed over to the dominion of Sharia law under the aegis of one faction of the Taliban. In light of the resurgence of the Taliban, it is more important than ever that the American people know why and how our troops will be used in Afghanistan or against the Taliban in Pakistan.

The Administration has promised transparency in all of its undertakings. It is imperative that this transparency extends to increased troop deployment in Afghanistan.

The JWV will continue to scrutinize any troop increases and will continue to demand accountability for this troop buildup as has been promised, especially when American troops are being put in harm's way. Without stating the reasons for our presence there and what result we are looking to accomplish, the death of one American is not worth it, nor is the absurdity of lack of knowledge to our troops of the why and wherefore of their deployment and their fight on the ground.


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