Bad weather, bad roads, bad conditions test troops sent to Afghanistan
Editor’s Note: The decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan announced by the President last night is not simply of intellectual interest to Kentuckians. Not only will soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell be deploying, but Kentucky National Guard soldiers will be getting orders to fly halfway around the world. I was thinking of them and their families as I watched the President’s speech last night.
President Obama’s address last night to cadets at West Point laid out his long awaited plan for dealing with Afghanistan, one of the stubbornest foreign policy issues since Alexander the Great left some troops behind as he marched through on his way to India. Students of history know that most of the major powers have at one time or the other tried to conquer the stubborn mountain region with little success.