View Full Version : Obama plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan

11-24-2009, 10:49 AM
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.

Obama is expected to announce his long-awaited decision on Dec. 1, followed by meetings on Capitol Hill aimed at winning congressional support amid opposition by some Democrats who are worried about the strain on the U.S. Treasury and whether Afghanistan has become a quagmire, the officials said.

The U.S. officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the issue publicly and because, one official said, the White House is incensed by leaks on its Afghanistan policy that didn't originate in the White House.

They said the commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, could arrive in Washington as early as Sunday to participate in the rollout of the new plan, including testifying before Congress toward the end of next week. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry also are expected to appear before congressional committees.

As it now stands, the plan calls for the deployment over a nine-month period beginning in March of three Army brigades from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., and a Marine brigade from Camp Lejeune, N.C., for as many as 23,000 additional combat and support troops.

In addition, a 7,000-strong division headquarters would be sent to take command of U.S.-led NATO forces in southern Afghanistan — to which the U.S. has long been committed — and 4,000 U.S. military trainers would be dispatched to help accelerate an expansion of the Afghan army and police.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to brief America's NATO allies after next week's announcement, and the allies are to meet again on Dec. 7 in Belgium to discuss whether some other nations might contribute additional troops.

The Monday evening meeting was the ninth that Obama has held on the crisis in Afghanistan, where the worsening war entered its ninth year last month. This year has seen violence reach unprecedented levels as the Taliban and allied groups have gained strength and expanded their reach.

A U.S. military official used the term "decisional" to describe Monday evening's meeting among Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Gates, Clinton, National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Eikenberry and senior U.S. military commanders.

Darn. I was sure he would cut and run like the democrats did in Vietnam. Maybe he's liking that democrat idea of taxing the 'rich' to pay for the war. Or maybe he's already worked the finances out and that's how come he came up with 34,000.
According to the 'Logic of the Left' this makes Present Øbama a war criminal.
This IS like Vietnam in that the soldiers and equipment was dribbled in, in insufficient numbers, until the dems yanked everything and got a bunch of people slaughtered (they consider this their greatest victory).
So he is sending in some soldiers, after complaining about the cost....will he outfit them sufficiently? Word is that one of the areas he is ceding to the taliban is the Kyber Pass.....the area through which the supplies for our troops, pass
This is not his decision. It is a rumor thereof.
Meanwhile he is doing what Community Organizers do: He's sampling the wind. This ''trial balloon'' will help him do that.

He is not an executive. He does not know how to make a decision. Contrast with prior occupant of White House. Dubya was clear and unequivocal. You might disagree with him (I did on some things, but not on National Security), but at least you knew where he stood.

11-24-2009, 01:49 PM
The democrats cut and run on Vietnam? I seem to remember Nixon being president when the war ended.

I'm not saying that LBJ was perfect, but he hadn't been president for 5 years by the time we "cut and run" from there.

Molon Labe
11-24-2009, 02:19 PM
The democrats cut and run on Vietnam? I seem to remember Nixon being president when the war ended.

I'm not saying that LBJ was perfect, but he hadn't been president for 5 years by the time we "cut and run" from there.

Do you think Obama will too? It sure doesn't look like it from deploying units.