Obama Makes Overnight Visit To Dover Air Force Base

In the midst of an intense, weeks-long review of his war strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama is spending the early part of Thursday morning at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to honor the return of fallen soldiers.

On a clear fall night, Obama flew by Marine One helicopter to greet the flag-draped caskets of 18 Americans killed this week. They include 10 killed in Monday's helicopter crash and eight killed Tuesday by roadside bombings.

After landing, the president got into a motorcade to a base chapel, where he met privately with families of the fallen Americans.

Obama has upped the U.S. commitment there to 68,000 troops and is considering sending a large addition next year. But officials say it could be fewer than the 40,000 troops requested by his commander there.

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  • by Heather on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I hope he knows some of those family members blame his lack of ability to lead for their sons' deaths. He needs to stop trying to stimulate the banks & rich kids & start stimulating the war effort.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    When the terroists attacked us on 9/11 it became America's war.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    You mean this isn't Bush's war OSOC? Didn't the US government call off Pakistan's outstanding debt to us in order for us to enter into Afghanistan through their country? 'Coalition of the willing' ring a bell? Our troops have been in Afghanistan for 9 years now OSOC, I am pretty sure that means this was Bush's war. Oh yeah, now that the hot news topic of the week is that the CIA have been funneling cash to Karzai's brother in Afghanistan to sustain his businesses (ie: the opium trade), does that mean the CIA hasn't been truthful to the US government? I remember you grumbling about Pelosi and her comments about the CIA a while back. What your opinion on that?
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Oct 29, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    First off, when was this Bush's war? Facts people, its Al Queida's war. Some of you need to learn what happened in 911. Find it on the internet. Blame Bush? Well, he was just another president, get over it hes gone. Now its Obamas war and he is doing nothing to end it so we can get out. Get it? It has to come to closure, this ain't easy but it can be done. Well, Obama doesn't know what to do, we told you when you voted for this inexperienced wannabe leader. Now you whine about how it is going bad. Why, he isn't listening to his general. RJ, I don't agree with your statement. I am not defending Bush, Clintons intelligence was given to Bush, just like any new president. Libs like to make him the blame guy, but when your intelligence says wmd, what are you going to do? So Afganistan is the good war, well, get good troops in there to get the job done. RJ, if you are a soldier, you don't hold reinforcements till everyone is gone. Right? Obama is proving he is a coward from the left.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    Well, RJ, you don't speak for quite a few of us who don't support you and your friends.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:10 AM
  • by R.J. Location: Greenville on Oct 29, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    Barbara 1: Although I agree with your sentiment. This war WOULD have been over a long time ago if George W. Bush did not get us bogged down looking for WMD's that never existed in a sand trap in Iraq. Yeah, Saddam was evil, but it was the Taliban and Al-Qaeda that attacked us on 9/11. Bush/Cheney took their eye off the ball and we'll be bogged down in this expensive boondoggle for a long time. Why don't I hear you "patriotic" neo-cons ever mention this money pit fiasco by the former unpopular president? Never mind, I know the answer already- hypocrisy. Sincerely, a Reservist that once backed W., but saw through his phoniness both as a citizen and first hand, on-the-ground professionally. We have been far better treated by this administration. But, I'll serve respectfully no matter, it's my solemn oath. I'm sure many of you will have all day to respond. For me, I'm off to work.
  • by Barbara Location: Rocky Mount on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:37 AM
    To Barbara, sorry we have the same 1st name. Was you sick when the Bush presidents was sending our people over there to fight. Obama has to clean up someone else's mess and it takes time.
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Guilt trip? I doubt it. Why don't he try and end this miserable war instead of letting our guys continually be killed. he makes me sick. This war should have been ended a long time ago.
  • by End The War Now on Oct 29, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    This is quickly becoming another Vietnam. As quoted by my good friend "Rob" in May, "...the last thing this country needs right right now is another generation of veterans feeling sorry for themselves." The Vietnam veterans have done enough of that for everyone.
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