by Rick Rozoff
September 24, 2009
Over the past week U.S. newspapers and television networks have been abuzz with
reports that Washington and its NATO allies are planning an unprecedented
increase of troops for the war in Afghanistan, even in addition to the 17,000
new American and several thousand NATO forces that have been committed to the
war so far this year.
The number, based on as yet unsubstantiated reports of what U.S. and NATO
commander Stanley McChrystal and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Michael Mullen have demanded of the White House, range from 10,000 to 45,000.
Fox News has cited figures as high as 45,000 more American soldiers and ABC News
as many as 40,000. On September 15 the Christian Science Monitor wrote of
“perhaps as many as 45,000.”