President Barack Obama plans to send 30,000 new US troops to Afghanistan. Taliban leaders say this will only lead to more American casualties. Our local congressman, Bobby Bright, says we should support President Obama's decision.
"He's our Commander-In-Chief. We need to march forward and give it the full force we possibly can," said Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala.
Many democrats are concerned with the growing cost of the war effort.
Congressman Bright says he supports sending additional troops, even though it comes with an estimated 30-billion dollar price tag in the first year alone.
"If we put our men and women in harms way, we have to make sure they are adequately trained with the best equipment. If it costs $30 billion, then we'll have to come up with that $30 billion to fund it,” said Bright.
Rep. Bright says he doesn't want the money to come from more taxes.
Instead, bright suggests cutting budgets elsewhere.
Many republicans support the troop surge, although some argue an 18-month time line for withdrawal only gives enemies a reason to wait before they act.
Bright says it will take a lot of work.
“I think it's the wrong impression to give our friends, the wrong impression to give our enemies. It's the wrong impression to give the men and women who want to go over there and win,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
"We can win. We certainly can't stay forever. We have to have a partner that when we win, we hand it off to that partner to sustain what we developed for them... I certainly hope that we see the indicators proving to us that our plan, or the President's plan is working over there," says Bright
Congressman Bright voted against the military appropriations bill for this year.
He says it was because of included legislation for tougher hate-crime penalties. That was something he says he would not support.
The first Marines are set to be in place by Christmas