Its a a massive betrayal of the people who voted for Obama who campaigned on his anti war credentials and promised to end the war. Recent polls in the USA found that 60% of the people who voted for him want reduced troop levels in Afghanistan.
But it is a massive windfall for the defense industry who have invested heavily in US politicians, and who were a major contributor to Obama's campaign.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org database, the top recipient of defense industry money in the 2008 election cycle was- surprise surprise- Barack Obama, whose haul of $1,029,997 far surpassed Republican contender Sen. John McCain's $696,948.
During the 2008 cycle, the defense industry contributed a total of $23.7 million to federal candidates -- far more than the $17.4 million it invested during the 2006 cycle or the $18.1 million in the 2004 cycle.The top five defense industry contributors during the 2008 elections were Lockheed Martin at $2.5 million, Boeing at $2.1 million, Northrop Grumman at $1.8 million, and Raytheon and General Dynamics at $1.7 million each.