Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Demands Transparency in Troop Deployment to Afghanistan

February 2009

President Barack Obama has promised that transparency and accountability are hallmarks of his administration. The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) demands that this transparency extend to all issues in the administration, including the deployment of additional troops to Afghanistan.

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.


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