“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail,” echoed the solemn words of President George W. Bush on September 20, 2001, nine days after the deadliest attack on American soil in history. That Thursday night would change America and the world forever, as Congress unanimously declared war on terrorism and primarily, the terrorist organization, Al Qaeda. (Bush, George) Since then, over 930 American soldiers have lost their lives to prevent terror, defending the basic human rights of civil liberty and freedom.
In 2007, General David Petraeus and a group of military intellectuals wrote a doctrine which would become the Holy Grail of military strategy, to be played out in the Middle East. This doctrine is known as the counterinsurgency strategy. The main component of the counterinsurgency strategy is a periodic troop surge to keep troop numbers high, enabling force and control in numbers. However, President Bush took cut throat cynicism from Congress, while simultaneously watching his approval ratings tank, upon review of his administration’s strategy. Nobody knew the impact it would play in the role of modern warfare. Due to the sheer genius of Bush’s military staff, the plan has had overwhelming success across the board in Iraq. (Klein, Joe) Now, one of Bush’s biggest critics is attempting to perform the same task on a different front.
On December 1, 2009, before the eager eyes of the Cadets at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, President Barack Obama officially unveiled his reformed strategy in Afghanistan; A strategy that would hopefully bring stability to a rebellious region. Like his predecessor ordered before him two years previous, President Obama has ordered a 30,000 troop surge on terrorists around the Pakistani border in Afghanistan (Montopoli, Brian). However, there are many obstacles that this strategy must overcome to achieve... [continues]
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