PALIN'S FULL FACEBOOK MESSAGE ON AFGHANISTAN:
For two years as a candidate, Senator Obama called for more resources
for the war in Afghanistan and warned about the consequences of
failure. As President, he announced a comprehensive new
counterinsurgency strategy and handpicked the right general to execute
it. Now General McChrystal is asking for additional troops to implement
the strategy announced by President Obama in March. Hundreds of
thousands of Americans have sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters
and brothers in harm's way in Afghanistan right now. We owe it to all
those brave Americans serving in uniform to give them the tools they
need to complete their mission.
We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail. The stakes are very high. The 9/11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan, and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will once again find a safe haven, the Taliban will impose its cruelty on the Afghan people, and Pakistan will be less stable.
Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision. Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision -- it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan.
- Sarah Palin