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NewsFlash: Obama Gives Order – 30,000 to 40,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

November 30, 2009

The Pentagon is gearing up for a significant troop deployment as we near the official announcement tomorrow night of President Obama’s new Afghanistan strategy, which he delivered to his top advisors in a Sunday meeting at the White House.

After all the media hoopla generated by a very public disconnect between Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the President over plans for a new Afghanistan strategy, it looks like McChrystal is getting what he wanted.

According to a report from CNN, the U.S. military is preparing to send approximately 34,000 additional troops to the Afghan theater. This number stands significantly higher than early media estimates and is sending shockwaves through Washington as members of Congress scurry to prepare public responses to the President’s plan.

Media speculation of the fallout is not promising for President Obama, as many news outlets are anticipating Obama will have a difficult time selling his plan even among Congressional Democrats. This speculation is well founded.

“Democrats have to be convinced. The president’s party is certainly very divided on this issue. I think he’ll have the Republican support he needs, but at the end of day, if this is not a bipartisan effort, long-term, they won’t get the resources and the funding to make it work.”

— CNN contributor Ed Rollins

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confirmed Rollins’ assessment.

“I think he [Obama] has to make a speech that shows that all of our efforts are pointed to our reduced presence in Afghanistan, but I think he has to also indicate again and again how critical this is to our national security.”

Bernie Quigly, writing for The Hill, summed up the Democrats’ position on the war with a humorous bit of cynicism:

To review: Liberal response to the war so far has been resolute support (Bill, Hillary, Biden, Kerry) then resolute opposition (Obama, then later Hillary, Biden, Kerry), then support again in Afghanistan (Obama, Hillary) then indecision (Obama, Biden). This is the way things fall apart.

President Obama will convey specifics of his new Afghan strategy to the American people tomorrow night during his live address from West Point at 8 p.m. EST.

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  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 30, 2009 10:36 am

    Typical political manuvering done to make it seem that their input was more important in this decision, although it imulates the initial one.

  2. saja permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:08 am

    Lets see if the chickenhawks have the balls to raise taxes on the top 1% to pay for this expanding adventure.

    • Cas Balicki permalink
      November 30, 2009 3:22 pm

      Lets see if the Dems have balls to raise taxes on the middle-class to pay for all of their “social” programs.

      • saja permalink
        December 1, 2009 7:08 am

        So which class do you belong to tough guy?

  3. November 30, 2009 11:24 am

    How difficult it must be in struggling to assuage everyone, all the time. Perhaps if there were less concern with soothing ‘everyone’ there would be more focus on making the difficult decision to p*ss off some and get the job done. In fact, I believe the essence of being Commander in Chief is one founded in making those decisions regardless of one’s poularity (i.e. Reagan, perhaps?). In review of the most successful tactics for victory on the battlefield, I have come to the conclusion that a sudden and overwhelming operation saves lives. The longer a halfhearted, unfocused war continues, the more lives will be sucked away (Viet Nam?) What a tragedy.

    Nathan R. Jessup

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 30, 2009 12:29 pm

      You’d think these politician would have learned from that tragety. Are we going backward or forward?

  4. Paul permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:18 pm

    I really hope that he sends 30,000 to 40,000 to Afghanistan right now. Not send them over 2 or 3 years. Thank you Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates (the two that wanted more troops from the start). Clinton might have sent the troops back in August.

  5. Steve permalink
    December 1, 2009 6:28 am

    President Obama’s decision to send more troops into Afghanistan is going to be his “Vietnam” and America’s ownfall. “Whata mistaka you makea.” Which warlord over there is going to support US presence? Come on America! Wake up! Did the Soviets succeed? They had the helicopter gunships and the firepower. Don’t sacrifice precious American blood…and for what? Bring the troops home and let the Muslims fight among themselves. Maybe, if the Taliban situation gets bad enough over there the Pakistanis will have the gonads to atom bomb the critters back into the seventh century. There’s plenty of employment for the troops if they came back…like securing the borders north and south, like protecting America’s nuclear plants, securing the hydro electric dams, bringing more protection to the ports, keeping a better eye on the mosques, etc. etc.

  6. benwaitin permalink
    December 1, 2009 7:19 am

    Good ole’ George Soros probably told Zero that “Hey duffus, you have 30,000 troops fixing to come home on their rotation”. “You can come out and take credit for doing ‘something’, explain to your insane leftist base that its all a ruse and to the normal, true Americans, you can make them believe that these 30,000 are an addition”. There you have it…two stones killed with one bird.

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      December 1, 2009 7:46 am

      Later this evening we’ll know what Georgie has told Obama to do and I am sure it will be quite interesting and convoluted.

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