Most lawmakers are expected to back President Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan after getting assurance that some soldiers and Marines will start withdrawing after 18 months.For local party leaders, the 18 month time-line is cause for concern. For Cache County Republican Party Chairman David James, he says Al-Qaida and the Taliban have said they have great patience and they will wait it out. Now, he says, they know just how long they have to wait.”My other thought, as I listened to the President, was that his whole tone seemed a bit strained,” says James. “He seemed to be working to be enthusiastic about what he was saying. I personally didn’t see the commitment there.”James also says that because of the President’s lack of enthusiasm and commitment for the mission, that may translate into real trouble for the troops. “I worry about the troops in Afghanistan. It’s a tough area. I know a few, personally, and they are in great harms way.” James says the troops deserve all the support they can get because they are fighting to protect our freedoms. He’s concerned that they are not getting the support that he would like to see them have.A lot of Democrats were opposed to sending more troops to Afghanistan but Cache County’s Democratic Party Chairman believes it was the right thing to do. Vince Wickwar says there are still a lot of problems in that area and he’s hoping it will do for Afghanistan what the troop surge did for Iraq.”It was nice to see that 18 month deadline on principle,” Wickwar says. “I hate seeing a deadline stuck on that. In a sense, the opposition just needs to wait it out for 18 months and come alive again. I think it was very much a political speech.”Wickwar says it’s very hard to please everyone when a political situation is as highly charged as this is.
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