The Unwinnable War?

The Unwinnable War?

Afghanistan, often called the crossroad of central Asia has been at the center of scrutiny and hardship seemingly since the very beginning, passing from country to country and ruler to ruler. On December 1st, 2009, President Barack Obama gave a speech regarding his decision to add thirty thousand more troops to Afghanistan.   His objectives are to deny al Qaeda a safe haven, reverse the Taliban's momentum, and strengthen Afghanistan's security forces and government.   While watching the president speak I came to the sudden realization I knew little to nothing about the United States involvement in Afghanistan.   Recently I have begun considering the military as a very real and viable option and decided this was a good way to learn something that could help influence my decision, I believe every person has an effect on the worlds future and also that people need to be held accountable for their actions.   However it is important for citizens to know what their government is doing and not blindly support an idea and instead researching the facts.   That is why I decided to research why the president decided to increase troops in Afghanistan, learn who the Taliban and Al Qaeda are and how they operate, and reasons why past efforts to erect this country from ruin have failed.
For my research I found that using the databases shown to us in class were an extremely helpful asset in finding up to date knowledgeable information on my topic.   I also researched by watching President Obama‚Äôs speech, and the news on a daily basis. I also kept up to date by reading online articles and opinions.   While reading online articles and opinions I noticed an abnormally large variance in statistics between different news sources on information and it helped me become aware of the personal bias that has crept into our mainstream media.
On December 1st, 2009 our president Barack Obama spoke to the public regarding a troop increase to Afghanistan to help take control of...