This week I want you all to investigate and consider what is happening right now in Afghanistan. Afghani whaaaaaat? That's right, Afghanistan. The U.S. sent troops to the country after September 11, 2001 to look for Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks here in New York and Washington. They have not found bin Laden yet....but they have encountered resistance and conflict with local tribes affiliated with the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist movement/government that was running Afghanistan prior to September 11. It is believed that the Taliban, who operate heavily on the border of Pakistan, may be harboring bin Laden, and are considered a threat to regional stability.
We have many troops in Afghanistan today, and American military members are dying in the conflict. President Obama is considering sending an additional 20,000 troops to the country--and the national debate is whether we should pull our troops out of Afghanistan all together, avoiding more American deaths...or send more troops and try to crush the opposition and increase stability in the country.
Please read the following op-ed:
You assignment is to break down this writer's argument, answering the following questions:
1. What are the pros and cons of sending more troops to Afghanistan, according to the author?
2. What are President Obama's options?
You must then research one RECENT (last month) news article about Afghanistan from a credible source, and include reference to the news article in your response.
Good luck....this is a huge and important issue right now for the United States...so get involved and understand all sides of the argument!!