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Local residents react to President's speech

Jack Morgan looks at a picture of his daughter United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Tonia Morgan. Jack Morgan looks at a picture of his daughter United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Tonia Morgan.

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - With a cup of coffee in hand and his dogs on his lap, Jack Morgan settles in to hear President Obama speak on national television.

Morgan has an interest in the President's plan.

His daughter, Staff Sergeant Tonia Morgan, is in the United States Air Force.

She was stationed in Afghanistan not long ago.

"She was over there last summer and she was over there six months," says Morgan.

Now, she's in South Korea.

Morgan knows the need for more troops in Afghanistan could send his daughter back to the Middle East.

"She knows that, and I know it, but she's gotta do her job in the military and that's the way she feels about it."

He feels the surge is the only way to get the job done even if it means Tonia goes, too.

"I think we'll win if we get in there and tighten our belts and get right to it and get it done with," adds Morgan.

He's not the only one that feels that way.

Some involved in past wars agree.

"We don't want to be there 20 years from now trying to fight the same war," says Desert Storm Veteran, David Harris

"I'm glad he hasn't made a hasty decision," says Veteran wife, Mary House.

But others feel the President didn't act quickly enough.

"I was disappointed because it took so long to do it. The general asked for 40,000 people about three to four months ago and he obviously had a reason for asking for it," says Veteran Russ Brown.

But regardless of the timing, Morgan thinks the President's plan could mean success.

"If the people work with him and let him do some of the things he wants, I think it's going to be great."

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