Bush to send more aid abroad

February 8th, 2007

President Bush is planning to ask Congress for $14.6 Billion in aid to go to Afghanistan.

The primary goal of this money would be to help beef up the Afghan security forces before the annual spring uprising of the Taliban.

Since the U.S. successfully invaded that country in October 2001, the Taliban have chosen the spring time to surmount some sort of insurgent attack.

However, these attacks normally do not amount to much and each year this insurgency has been quelled.

About $8.6 billion of the money would go to training and equipping the Afghan military and security forces, according to The Associated Press.

The President wants to increase the Afghani army by 70,000 troops and to add an additional 82,000 local police officers, according to a senior U.S. official.

Another $2 billion would be set aside for local reconstruction efforts throughout Afghanistan.

These types of projects include building and updating roads, furthering the development of rural areas and laying down electric power lines.

Counter-narcotic efforts are also a top priority to hamper the epidemic of poppy seed growth around the country which is a key ingredient in making heroin.

Along with the money, the President also wants to add American military force to Afghanistan according to The AP.

The Pentagon announced last week that it would be prolonging the deployment of a 3,200-soldier combat brigade from the Third Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division for up to three months.

This decision would up the number of Americans in Afghanistan to around 24,000 troops, according to The AP.

NATO is also providing a vital role in the security and stability of Afghanistan.

That organization announced that an addition 20,000 troops from NATO countries would be deployed there, according to The AP.

NATO’s role in Afghanistan is historically significant because it is the first time it has deployed its forces outside of Europe.

Currently, the NATO-led force remains only about 15 percent of the troops and equipment level pledged by its contributing nations, according to The AP.

Bush has renewed efforts to pressure the United States’ European allies to increase their troop levels in Afghanistan.

However it remains to be seen whether or not that request will fall on deaf ears of the increasingly anti-American leaders of Western Europe.

While the war in Iraq has been met with fierce resistance from the American people, support for the United States’ efforts in Afghanistan have remained very popular.

Many of the Bush’s enemies in Washington have criticized him for “taking his eye of the ball” in Afghanistan and going into Iraq, reminding everyone that 9/11 was originated in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

The Afghani people have been able to form a stable government and keep terror and insurgent attacks to a minimum.