More U.S. Troops to Afghanistan

March 6, 2007

On February 15, President Bush announced plans to send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan as part of U.S.-NATO preparations for a "spring offensive." In his speech to the American Enterprise Institute, Bush admitted that the U.S. was losing the war, saying that attacks against U.S. forces had "doubled and tripled" in many areas.

This new increase will bring the total number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 27,000 - the largest since the invasion of 2001. Another 25,000 NATO troops, under the command of U.S. General Dan McNeill, are also occupying the country. The Bush administration is also asking Congress for $12 billion in additional funds to pay for military operations in Afghanistan over the next two years.

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Gates went to Pakistan to make plans for increased U.S. military aggression in that country. The

U. S. has already repeatedly bombed Pakistani villages, claiming that it is going after Afghan resistance fighters. For example, in January,

U. S. helicopter gunships fired missiles into Pakistan villages, killing over dozens of people. Other attacks inside Pakistan have recently been carried out by U.S. Predator drone aircraft, and on February 11, U.S. army commanders in Pakistan admitted to AP reporters that the U.S. frequently fires artillery rounds into Pakistan during "intense" border skirmishes.

The U.S. Congress is united in its support for the war in Afghanistan, with the Democratic Party leadership frequently accusing the Bush administration of "not doing enough." On February 16, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement saying Bush had "dropped the ball in Afghanistan" while focusing too much on Iraq. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi called Afghanistan "the forgotten war" and in January Pelosi promised Afghan President Karzai that more military funding and troops would be coming.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as a first-step in its "war against international terrorism." In every way, the war has been an aggressive, imperialist war. As in Iraq, the U.S. military has systematically targeted civilians, killing tens of thousands. Numerous atrocities, such as the saturated bombing of civilian population centers, massacres at wedding ceremonies, market-center bombings, etc., have been repeatedly carried out by the U.S. military.

The U.S. has also used the war in Afghanistan to extend its network of military bases and alliances. Permanent military and air bases have been setup in neighboring states, such as Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. These military forces are another dagger in the midst of peoples of the region.

The American people must step up their opposition to the U.S. occupation and war against Afghanistan which is one front in U.S. imperialism's "war against international terrorism" - its war against the world.