U.S. Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

March 15, 2009

In a speech on March 10, Vice President Biden admitted that the U.S. is sending more troops to Afghanistan because U.S.-NATO forces "are not winning the war." Obama administration officials have repeatedly emphasized that the president ordered more troops to Afghanistan because insurgent attacks are at the highest levels since the U.S. invaded in October 2001.

The U.S. military is sending 17,000 new troops by summer, bringing the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 55,000. There are also currently over 30,000 more NATO troops there. Many of the new U.S. troops will be stationed near Pakistan and military officials say that U.S.-NATO operations will increase on both sides of the border. The U.S. has already repeatedly bombed Pakistani villages, claiming that it is going after Afghan resistance fighters.

The Obama administration is also preparing a "political surge" which includes plans to hold under-occupation elections in August. As in Iraq, the U.S. is sending thousands of troops to suppress the resistance while preparing for elections meant to stabilize the rule of a U.S.-installed regime.

The reality is that U.S. imperialism is going to continue and intensify its aggressive war against Afghanistan until it is stopped by the people. It will be defeated and will be forced to withdraw by the Afghan resistance.

The American people support Afghanistan's independence and sovereignty and demand nothing less than the immediate and total withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops.