Veterans react to President's plan for war in Afghanistan

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by Adrianna Hopkins

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 12:54 AM

"I am convinced that our security is at risk in Afghanistan and Pakistan," said President Barack Obama.

About 20 members and guests of VFW post 1170 watched and listened as President Barack Obama outlined his plan for the war in Afghanistan; he plans to deploy 30,000 troops, to complete their mission, hopefully, by July 2011.

Ken Ashby says if General McChrystal says he needs 40,000 troops, Obama should send 40,000.

"Barack Obama has absolutely no military experience and he needs to listen to his generals or he needs to pull us out of there," said Ken Ashby.

But Ashby has never seen combat like Donald Strucker. He's more in favor of the President's plan, but takes issue with one point.

"You cannot say out by any date. The troops - if we need them, we need them. But you cannot say out at a certain date," Donald Strucker. "Because [if you do] you're telling the enemy your plans. They could stop, wait 'til we leave then come back and take over."

And combat veteran John Bochan says he trusts the president and appreciates his deliberation on the war before making snap decisions.

"I think he is much better informed than George Bus was. I think his motivations are different than what Dick Cheney wanted. I think his efforts are to do whatever to maximize the benefit to this country," said John Bochan.

"I do not agree with this at all because if you don't send enough people to back up those boys over there, they're gonna die and they don't need to be dieing over there," said Ken Ashby.

"It's probably not a war we should have got into to begin with... but once we're in it, we've got to finish it," said Strucker.

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