Obama's Afghan Plan: 30,000 To 35,000 More Troops

President Barack Obama has already sent his first orders as he prepares to spell out a new and expanded strategy for the war in Afghanistan.

At least one group of Marines will be deployed and in place by Christmas, the vanguard of a force numbering as many as 35,000 troops. It would bring the total size of the U.S. contingent to more than 100,000. CNN reports the first Marines sent are based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

The president spent much of Monday briefing foreign allies on his decisions. Before placing a call to Britain's Gordon Brown, the prime minister announced an additional 500 U.K. troops would arrive in southern Afghanistan next month. That would bring the British force to 10,000.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama held a lengthy video conference call to discuss the new U.S. strategy. The presidential palace said in a statement that the hour-long video conference occurred Tuesday morning. Karzai's office says the two leaders discussed in detail the security, political, military and economic aspects of the strategy.

Obama has said the strategy will put the U.S. "on a path toward ending the war," though he's not planning to offer an exact timetable in his speech from West Point Tuesday night. The White House says he'll make it clear that the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan is not open-ended, and will put a fresh focus on training Afghan forces to take over the fight and allow American troops to leave.


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  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Dec 2, 2009 at 03:20 AM
    Uncle Buck: Considering that his kids are, well, kids that would be a stupid thing to do. Good thing you weren't making decisions on December 7, 1941. If everyone felt as you then, we'd all be marching kicking our foot out and screaming, "sig heil."
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 1, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    Great post Jeff, We make the finest snake oil in the country, can even get a liar president elected. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are fine examples. Funny, we can find all of Obamas lies, yet no one, I mean no one can prove that Bush ever lied about Iraq, not even Barlow. Not one has ever produced anything to support this. Even though it can be proven on Utube, that Obama lies often, they still have a denial thing about Obama that transcends me.......OK, they made a mistake, they voted for him and now have to defend their mistake,,,understandable, once.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    That's some good Snake Oil...
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    Barlow, both houses had the majority. If they cannot get anything through because the other side won't vote for it, I think there is a good reason. Your president is nonpartisian, Oh, sorry, he lied again. The guy had no clue what to do since it didn't comeup on his teleprompter for 3 months. Again, Fox news has the facts as I have looked up "the" facts. You maynot like it but facts do hurt your cause. Like Global warming, climategate. The biggest hoax in the history of the US and you still dodge the facts. I told you this state and this country has been cooling based on NOAAs numbers. Your guys, as usual, the party of liars, theives and tax cheats, tryed to scam us. Good think Fox news got the story after ABC reported it. There will be more on it tonight.
  • by Jeff Location: Ayden on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    If only we had really studied about the legislative process in school...In the senate, a vote of 51 may pass a bill...the 60 you refer to is the amount of votes necessary to overcome a filibuster therefore appropriately named a Super Majority. Secondly, it is interesting that you used only half of the legislative body. The House DID have a democrat majority since 2007. Your references to the Repubs are totally inaccurate. Bush proposed Healthcare Reform in 2007 using tax deductions and initiatives to assist those who do not have insurance obtain it. Guess we should go and study factual and not revisionist history.
  • by Uncle Buck Location: ENC on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    Can we get our troops out of Afghanistan? Yes we can! Let the president sent one of his childern to the war zone to fight and die for no reason and see how long it takes him to come up with a new plan.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    AGAIN, for those of you saying Obama is lying. Here is what he said during the campaign: "Our troops have fought valiantly there, but Iraq has deprived them of the support they need — and deserve," Obama said in a speech on Aug. 1, 2007. "As a result, parts of Afghanistan are falling into the hands of the Taliban, and a mix of terrorism, drugs and corruption threatens to overwhelm the country. As president, I would deploy AT LEAST two additional brigades to Afghanistan to reinforce our counter terrorism operations and support NATO's efforts against the Taliban." Turn off that Faux News and look up some facts once in awhile.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Who are you going to blame when we get out buts kicked out of Afghanistan? Go back and look at the news in the 1960's. Same news, different president and different country. Too many people making money off the war to stop it now!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    There has been NO democratic control of the Senate until this year. It requires 60 votes. That is why health care is on the table THIS year. The democrats had a majority before the last election, but not CONTROL. The party of NOthing did everything to block any initiative up until now. The Republicans still refuse to help anybody in this country unless they are padding their pockets. It is only the Democrats fighting amongst themselves (which unfortunately they are good at) that will slow progress THIS year and until they drop below the needed 60 Senate votes if that happens in the next election
  • by me Location: nc on Dec 1, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    Wasn't HE the one who said he would bring the troops home?????This is just ANOTHER one of his many LIES..See people...we tried to tell you he was full of hot air...You think this country's in bad shape now...just wait. I do NOT refer to him as my PRESIDENT...and really it doesn't matter what we say of how we feel.He's in office now, and his LIES got him there.For those of YOU who voted for him because he promised CHANGE....I hate to say it but....I told you so...now the jokes on EVERY BODY WHO WAS DUMB ENOUGH to vote for him. Let's face it...the only way we're gonna get out of this mess we're in is IF GOD has mercy on this country one more time...Oh yeah..I forgot Pbama doesn't believe in God either...
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