the “forgotten war” is getting its dues in the era of hope and change.

per Reuters

CORNWALLIS, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering a plan to send more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months to help safeguard elections and quell rising Taliban violence, officials said on Friday.

Interestingly, the plans are made for next year.

I guess anti-war activists will have to be “quietly concerned” about this some more

“There’s so much Obama hero worship, we’re having to walk this line where we can’t directly criticize him,” he said. “But we are expressing concern.”

And just in case the different war is confusing some

Gates’ use of the term “surge” to describe the influx drew parallels with the 2007 U.S. force build-up that placed an extra 30,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and contributed to a sharp decline in violence there.

Gates knows he is safe using this word for the future as Obama is been loving this for some time

“I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

Besides, he  was beating the drums on this particular war all along – so yeay for consistency:

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama says he wants to focus more on the Afghan war and plans to persuade other nations to send more soldiers.

And this lovely comment from the Canadian  defense Minister puts it all in perspective

“There is an enormous amount of goodwill that has been engendered by President-elect Obama that he might be willing to spend for a cause that he clearly believes in,” said MacKay.

So, that’s what the anti-war candidate believes in? (not that some of us didn’t notice)

Yeay for that! We were always at war with Eurasia!