Helicopter Shootdown Illustrates that Afghanistan Cannot be Ignored - Page 2
The American people, as well as people inside the US government and military, will see the Taliban attack as proof that a) the Taliban caused great injury to America and should be punished through military force, and b) the attack highlighted the vulnerabilities in American weaponry and transportation technologies. As a result, Afghanistan will soar to the top of US military and societal priority; government officials and civilians will demand answers and solutions to the suddenly prevalent issue West of the Pakistani border.
A line exists between promises and statements, truth and manipulation. When President Obama decreed that US troops would be removed completely from Afghanistan by 2016, the plan was partly designed to win the incumbent votes during the 2012 election; however, now that the American public is aware of and horrified at the recent attack on a US helicopter, Obama may rethink this tactic in order to sway public sentiment to his side.
NATO troops are stretched thin. US forces are as well. With hotspots emerging in areas such as Syria or Yemen, or developing, such as in Libya, both America and NATO need as many troops as possible to be able to fulfill their obligations to defending and protecting freedom and democracy. Therefore, Saturday's attack places NATO and the US in a predicament; while withdrawing forces would provide much needed support in other places around the world, Afghanistan has been clearly demonstrated not be safe for soldiers, let alone civilians. Thus, as of now, Afghanistan cannot afford for NATO forces to be withdrawn; for if such an outcome occurs, ten years of progress and civility could be wiped out in a matter of days.