Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Matthews soldier dead, Obama sends more N.C. troops

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

As news breaks about President Obama's decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan, we learn one of our local soldiers was killed in fighting last week.

Meanwhile, the cost of the war in Afghanistan is estimated to quadruple the amount of money tax payers will lose on the bank bailout by the end of the year.

Makes you wonder, couldn't we find better uses for that money here at home? What, exactly, are we fighting for in Afghanistan anyway?

The White House will tell you we need to stabilize Afghanistan and connect with their people. It could be argued we should stabilize our own country and that our government should reconnect with her citizens first.

A National Guard soldier from Matthews, near Charlotte, was killed in Afghanistan late last week when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, according to the Defense Department.

Spc. Anthony G. Green, 28, was serving with the 143rd Infantry Detachment of the Texas National Guard.

He and another soldier, Staff Sgt. Chris N. Staats, 32, of Fredericksburg, Texas, were killed in the attack Friday in Wardak province, the department said.

Read more from The News and Observer.

President Barack Obama has approved a significant troop increase for Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

The new troop deployment is expected to include 8,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as well as 4,000 additional Army troops from Fort Lewis, Washington.

"This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires," Obama said in a written statement.

Read more from CNN.com.

By the way, did you see Frontline's report, called "Obama's war," on how the war is going? Here's a preview:

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