On September 11, 2001, we learned that two oceans are not enough to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorists intent on murdering us.
Shortly thereafter, our nation went on offense against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. We swiftly routed them, but in the last 18 months there has been an increase in Taliban attacks, and our initial success in dislodging that regime and making stability possible there is threatened.
To ensure that our successes in Afghanistan are not reversed, Mayor Rudy Giuliani has called for a “surge” in Afghanistan. This would be different from the successful “surge” in Iraq, but it will achieve a similar goal – giving the men and women of the United States military the strategy and resources they need to achieve their mission.
The stakes are extremely high in Afghanistan. Failure to stabilize Afghanistan would provide al-Qaeda with a renewed safe haven, further destabilize Pakistan, and embolden terrorists across the world. It would be a huge defeat in the Terrorists’ War on Us. America can’t let that happen, and Mayor Giuliani is the only presidential candidate to offer a serious plan to ensure victory in Afghanistan.
Last week, the Defense Department said that the United States is considering sending an additional 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan within two months, which fits in with the plan Mayor Giuliani announced earlier this month.
As I mentioned before, Mayor Giuliani’s “Surge” would not simply replicate the strategy successfully employed in Iraq - Afghanistan is a different country whose terrain and situation requires different strategies. Giuliani’s “Surge” refers to a redoubling of efforts – both troops and reconstruction efforts, as we have learned a valuable lesson from our strategy in Iraq: If American troops fight with the correct strategy and adequate resources, we can defeat any enemy, no matter how elusive or fanatical.