by Tom Mellen
INCREASINGLY HATED: Anti-US protesters burning an effigy of Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama on Monday defied Republican pressure to announce an immediate military escalation in Afghanistan.
During a visit to Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida, Mr Obama told personnel: “While I will never hesitate to use force to protect the American people or our vital interests, I also promise you this – and this is very important as we consider our next steps in Afghanistan. I will never rush the solemn decision of sending you into harm’s way.