Marines Return Home, Afghanistan Questions Linger

About 150 Marines and sailors will return home from Iraq to Camp Lejeune Monday. While the troops may not be called to return to that country anytime soon, the questions over possible troop build-ups in Afghanistan remain.

President Barack Obama and his war council have been wrestling with how many more troops might be needed in the 8 year-old Afghanistan conflict. Afghanistan was a hot topic on "Meet The Press," where Democrat Senator Carl Levin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham disagree on the next step.

Democratic Senator Carl Levin said, "I had a personal conversation with McChrystal, and what he says is that, 'You want to find ways of showing resolve to the people of Afghanistan.' There are many ways to show resolve in addition to more and more combat forces...including many more trainers to get the Afghan forces to be a lot larger and a lot stronger."

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said, "The Afghan National Police are getting slaughtered. It's hard to train people, send them off to fight, when they get killed at their first duty station. So without better security the training element will fail. That's exactly what happened in Afghanistan. So we need more combat power. General McChrystal says 40-thousand -- in that neighborhood. I would go with the General."

On another Sunday morning show, Democrat Dianne Feinstein broke ranks with fellow democrats, saying more troops are needed.


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  • by just me on Oct 12, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    It's so sad so many of our Marines are going over there and never returning. My heart does go out to all of Military people. I pray my husband doesn't have to go over any time soon, even though he is trying to get orders to deploy over to Afghanistan.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    I hope my Marine can come home very soon from Iraq so we can get married... I also hope he will not have to be one going to Afgahanistan. My heart goes out to all the Marines that will be sent there!
  • by sad Location: greenville on Oct 12, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    My marine leaves for Afghanistan in 2 weeks:(
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