Senate Dems Warn Further Afghan Escalation May Meet Resistance

Senators Urge Obama to Speed Things Up

Several key Senate Democrats today cautioned that any attempt by President Obama to approve yet another escalation in the war in Afghanistan could be met by resistance on Capitol Hill.

Sens. Carl Levin (D – MI) and Jack Reed (D – RI), who just returned from a visit to the war torn nation, said that the US should put more focus into increasing the size and capability of the Afghan military. Sen. Levin insisted that there were a lot of ways to “speed up” the process and that the Afghans were “strongly motivated.” Sen. Reed agreed that this should be pursued before any further increase in the number of US troops.

The two Senators are both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and could likely make things very difficult on the president in trying to sell the further escalation of the war sought by General Stanley McChrystal, though they did not necessarily indicate that they would do so.

The comments come as several recent polls suggest that the American public is increasingly opposed to the war and dissatisfied with the endless increases in the number of troops committed by the administration. Though officials have several times promised to put more emphasis into increasing the size and power of the Afghan military, they appear to have had little success with significantly increasing their capabilities.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.