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Irresponsible for president to commit more troops to Afghanistan: Kerry

world Updated: Oct 18, 2009 23:13 IST

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As the Obama administration mulls a surge in US military in Afghanistan, a key Congressman on Sunday said it would be "entirely irresponsible" for the President to raise the troop levels.

Democratic Senator John Kerry underlined the need for the local Afghan government to deliver as well as do some of the rebuilding of both the national army as well as the police.

The Massachusetts lawmaker appeared to be unconvinced to the recommendation of General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, which seeks an additional 40,000 more troops in the country so as to comprehensively defeat the al-Qaeda and the Taliban there.

"It would be entirely irresponsible for the president of the United States to commit more troops to this country (Afghanistan), when we don't even have an election finished and know who the president is and what kind of government we're working in, with," Democratic Senator John Kerry told CNN in an interview.

He said the US does not need "fabulous troops" to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan.

"In order to achieve what we need to here (Afghanistan), we don't just need the fabulous troops we have and their extraordinary ability... What we really need in addition is the government that has the capacity to be able to deliver at a local level as well as do some of the rebuilding of both the national army as well as the police," Senator Kerry told the CBS News in an interview from Kabul.