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‘I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops is going to solve the violence there.’

Looks like some anti-war voices in the Senate are expressing deep skepticism about Obama’s announcement that he will send an additional 17,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan:

“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops is going to solve the violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”

“I think it is fair to say that the President has simply tried to gain another six months to continue on the same course that we’ve been on for several years now. It is a course that will not succeed. It is a course that is exacting an enormous toll on the American people and our troops.”

“We can send 15,000 more troops; 20,000 more troops; 30,000 more troops. I don’t know any expert on the region or any military officer that I’ve spoken to privately that believes that that is gonna make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.”

Oh, wait, that’s not what anti-war voices in the Senate are saying about the current surge to Afghanistan; that was what then-Senator Barack Obama said about the surge in Iraq over the past two years.

But remember: Surges under President Bush make everything worse; surges under President Obama make everything better.

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