COLUMN: President Obama's troop strategy leaves questions

Friday, December 4, 2009 | 3:29 p.m. CST

Stuart Loory, Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism: The White House study of the war in Afghanistan has ended, and President Barack Obama has announced his decision to send 30,000 more troops. He said that the American-led military would bring the war to a point where he could begin withdrawing forces 18 months from now. The reaction to the speech in this country was mixed, and the most vocal criticism came from members of his own Democratic Party in Congress. There are a number of problems in Afghanistan that make the success of this new strategy questionable: corruption in the regime of Hamid Karzai, the inability of many Afghan troops and police to fight, and the belief that the country is just too large for the 150,000 troops. How can this new strategy work?