CNN: 34,000 More Troops Could Be Be Sent To Afghanistan

CNN is reporting about 34,000 more troops could be sent to Afghanistan.

According to CNN.com: "The military has planning under way to send three U.S. Army brigades, totaling about 15,000 troops; a Marine brigade, about 8,000 troops; a headquarters element, about 7,000 troops; and between 4,000 and 5,000 support troops -- a total of approximately 34,000 troops, according to a defense official with direct knowledge of Pentagon operations. CNN reported last month that this was the preferred option within the Pentagon."

The official also told CNN there is no final word yet, but planners are preparing for this possibility because that's the amount President Barack Obama is leaning toward.

The White House has said the amount will not be announced until after Thanksgiving.

The Associated Press reports: " When he outlines his plans for Afghanistan -- probably next week -- President Barack Obama says the goal will be to "finish the job" there while he's president. Obama told reporters today that he'll reveal his decision on how many additional soldiers to send to Afghanistan after Thanksgiving. He says once he explains what he's doing and why, he expects Americans to be supportive."

We'll bring you more as details become available.


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  • by BIGBEAR Location: NEWPORT on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    WELL MR OBAMA I WILL BELIVE IT WHEN I SEE IT. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ITS NOT GETTING ANY BETTER SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    to military dude on Nov 26, 2009 at 03:12 PM, yep, there are plenty of murderous leaders and most are friends of Obama...
  • by BIGBEAR Location: NEWPORT on Nov 27, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    I HOPE THESE TROOPS GET ( Counselling & Mental Health Resources )THEY NEED WHEN THEY RETURN FOR THE SAFTY OF THEMSELVES THE PUBLIC AND THIER FAMILIES AND FAMILY TO BE (IE PREGNANT WIVES).....WE AS A NATION ARE LETTING THESE YOUNG MEN DOWN AND THEY ARE ON GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE IF THE GOVERNMENT CANT RUN THAT HEALTH CARE PROPERLY WHAT MAKES THEM THINK THEY CAN HANDLE THE WHOLE NATIONS HEALTH CARE.....GOD BLESS THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SACRIFICE EVERYHTING TO PROTECT US ON OUR OWN SOIL AND ABROAD
  • by Anonymous military dude on Nov 27, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    Yes, I am a vet. Have been in for 19 years and wouldnt change it for anything, I enjoy what I do and beleive in what I am fighting for. Thank you for your support, we couldnt do half of what we do without the support of the American people. Medical coverage isnt too bad, it's just trying to get an appointment that sucks. We tried getting my son a sports physical and the list was over 2 months long, this is what Americans will be facing if they pass the healthcare bill. 2 months just for a physical? I couldnt imagine what it would be like if it was something serious. I also had to be refeered to a foot specialist in New Bern because the wait to see one on base was over 3 months. All of you in favor of the healthcare bill doesnt know what you are in for, it is great as far as cost but just trying to get seen by a physician is ridiculous.
  • by to military dude on Nov 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    So you are a VET..I thank God for the men that have fought and honored their duties in the military..I think the Vets should have greater benefits than they have.Do you have any government paid medical coverage? Is it ridiculous?and OSOC,we have a LOT of muderous leaders in this world.A lot that doesn't make our headlines have gone on for years.I guess you fill we should invade all these countries! How silly of you !
  • by Anonymous military dude on Nov 25, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    To Love Obama: How did Saddam kill all the Kurds? didnt he hold of the UN inspectors for months? long enough for him to get rid of the WMD's. You may say we had no business being there, but after deploying there 3 different times, from the initial push into Iraq and the last time in 07, I have seen a vast improvement there. I remember finding the terrorist training camps, the intelligence that were at some of them would make you cringe at what they knew about usm our weapons, our tactics. Obama should have acted on the Generals request for more troops as soon as he asked, he is quicker to pass a ridiculous healthcare bill than he is to support his troops. At least Bush supported his troops.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 25, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    Love Obama, I am a democrat. Bush took the information that was given to him by intelligence left over from Bill Clinton, and Bill Clintons recommendation that something be done about Sadaam. The UK concurred with intelligence, Sadaam said he had them, so Bush did, with the support of both houses of government, go to war on Iraq. Was he right, not on WMDs, however, getting a murderous dictator and his sons out of control, let to a new freedom for the people of Iraq. So blame Bush, yea, blame Congress too. The problem with you koolaid drinking post is it is the same we see up here posted by liberals all day long. Its not factual, lacks credibility to what was going on at the time by government and you answer to everything Obama does, its Bush's fault and Bush lied. So, any new material?
  • by Love Obama Location: Greenville on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    To: Didn'tVoteObama, umm...Obama did send a lot of Troops home from Iraq! The troop surge in Iraq has dropped a lot! That promise he did keep. Obama is darned if he does, and darned if he doesn't. But the Republicans will CRY if Obama does not send more Troops to Afghanistan...and they will also CRY if Obama sends all US Troops from Afghanistan back home and ends the war. Bush got us into the Iraq war...when we had NO business there. What happened to the so called weapons of mass destruction that Bush swore were there? Bush is ultimately responsible for the thousands and thousands of Soldiers who were killed in Iraq...we had no business there...what do you OSOC have to say about your wonderful former President BUSH, who started this war in Iraq? I wanna hear your negative comments about Bush...oh, you don't have any? Is Bush right 100% just because he and you are republicans? Hypocrites!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Barlow, the point you seem to overlook, is "how long has it been?" Its November now. How long does it take to have a plan, Obama campaigned on? You heard it, he said he had a plan. Apparently, it took a long time to implement.
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 25, 2009 at 01:32 AM
    What needs to be done now is to remove the media from Afganistan and then TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS>
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