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Editorial: It is time to send the troops needed

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is coming to a major crossroads.

The time for a decision from the Obama administration on Afghanistan is fast approaching.

Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has presented to the administration a range of options, from as few as 10,000 additional troops to as many as 40,000 more troops. The latter is the general's preferred option.

The timing has become critical in the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. A few months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. attacked and routed the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

The U.S. then attacked the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq and soon lost some focus in Afghanistan.

The U.S. and the world cannot afford for our military to withdraw any of our 68,000 troops already in Afghanistan or to hamstring our effort with inadequate troop reinforcements in Afghanistan.

Two leading American senators agree with the need for troop increases in Afghanistan.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said recently that delaying troop reinforcements now would put U.S. troops already in Afghanistan in danger.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said recently that delaying troop reinforcements would be "an error of historic proportions."

We agree.

The Obama administration should make a decision shortly to send some additional troops to Afghanistan.

The sooner our military forces get the necessary troops and tools, the sooner Gen. McChrystal's troops can finish their mission.

Then they can come home.