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  • McChrystal to resign if not given resources for Afghanistan (Flash Back Sept 21, 2009)

    06/23/2010 11:05:45 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 3 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | Sept 21, 2009 | Bill Roggio
    Within 24 hours of the leak of the Afghanistan assessment to The Washington Post, General Stanley McChrystal's team fired its second shot across the bow of the Obama administration. According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan: Adding to the frustration, according to officials in Kabul and Washington, are White House and Pentagon directives made over the last six weeks that Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, not submit his request for...
  • Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation

    06/22/2010 10:30:09 PM PDT · by brityank · 173 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | June 22nd, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate. The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan. Of course, offering to resign...
  • U.S. troops in Afghanistan outnumber troops in Iraq

    05/24/2010 10:26:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 336+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jeff Schogol
    The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has surpassed the number in Iraq for the first time since 2003. As of Monday, there were 94,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 92,000 in Iraq, according to the Defense Department. The move occurred slightly ahead of schedule; it had been expected to take place in June. U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan is expected to reach 98,000 by August, up from about 30,000 when President Barack Obama took office. Once all the troops are in place, NATO and Afghan security forces are expected to concentrate on 121 key districts in Afghanistan, according to...
  • Army Report: GIs Outgunned in Afghanistan

    04/03/2010 1:03:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 213 replies · 4,391+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 04/2/10 | David Wood
    American troops are often outgunned by Afghan insurgents because they lack the precision weapons, deadly rounds, and training needed to kill the enemy in the long-distance firefights common in Afghanistan's rugged terrain, according to an internal Army study. Unlike in Iraq, where most shooting took place at relatively short range in urban neighborhoods, U.S. troops in Afghanistan are more often attacked from high ground with light machine guns and mortars from well beyond 300 meters (327 yards, or just over three football field lengths). The average range for a small-arms firefight in Afghanistan is about 500 meters, according to the...
  • Afghanistan Troop Level to Eclipse Iraq by Midyear

    03/25/2010 4:46:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 151+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2010 – This summer will mark the first time since 2003 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will overshadow the American presence in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer told Congress today. Driving the eclipse is the 30,000-troop surge President Barack Obama announced for Afghanistan in December, roughly a third of which is in place, and with 18,000 of the additional forces expected to be in Afghanistan by late spring as troop levels in Iraq continue to drop. “Indeed, by the middle of this year, Afghanistan will surpass Iraq, for the first time since 2003,...
  • White House Aides Said to Chafe at Slow Pace of Afghan Surge

    01/09/2010 4:57:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies · 1,407+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2010 | Elisabeth Bumiller and Helene Cooper
    Senior White House advisers are frustrated by what they say is the Pentagon’s slow pace in deploying 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and its inability to live up to an initial promise to have all of the forces in the country by next summer, senior administration officials said Friday. Tensions over the deployment schedule have been growing in recent weeks between senior White House officials — among them Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Gen. James L. Jones, the national security adviser, and Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff — and top commanders, including Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal,...
  • McChrystal sees victory ahead in Afghanistan

    01/01/2010 2:11:15 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 9 replies · 583+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 2, 2010 | Drew Brown
    U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan “are not winning yet, but we are going to win,” Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, told Stars and Stripes in an interview Friday. But the general said it was not possible to say how long it will take to achieve victory, which he defined as a situation where “the insurgency is not an existential threat to the government or the people” of Afghanistan. He added that protecting civilians remains the goal of the allied counterinsurgency strategy. “There’s no way to put an exact timeline on it, because as...
  • U.S. casualties reported at military base in Afghanistan

    12/30/2009 10:32:37 AM PST · by itsinthebag · 45 replies · 2,169+ views
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomber struck a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, causing an unknown number of American casualties, a U.S. military official said.
  • Afghan town reborn after U.S. routs Taliban--Marines guide rebuilding of Now Zad community

    12/23/2009 5:35:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 827+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2009 | Richard Tomkins
    NOW ZAD, Afghanistan I Signs of rebirth are growing in this former Taliban stronghold in Helmand province just days after U.S. Marines stormed it in a ground-and-airborne assault that caught its Taliban occupiers by surprise. In the once deserted bazaar area in the western portion of town, hundreds of men from nearby villages defy Taliban threats and clear debris from fighting in exchange for pay from U.S. troops. In the district center next to the main U.S. military base, more than 100 children attend ad hoc classes in reading and writing. The classes, initially started by Afghan-American interpreters working with...
  • Rules of engagement killing U.S. soldiers

    12/13/2009 6:49:35 PM PST · by USALiberty · 79 replies · 2,468+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | December 13, 2009 | F. Michael Maloof
    New military rules of engagement ostensibly to protect Afghan civilians are putting the lives of U.S. forces in jeopardy, claim Army and Marine sources, as the Taliban learns to game plan based the rules' imposed limits. The rules of engagement, or ROEs, apply to all coalition forces of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Their enactment is in response to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's complaints over mounting civilian deaths apparently occurring in firefights. Despite the fact that the newly arrived U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, imposed the more restrictive ROEs to minimize the killing of...
  • Questions No One Wants to Ask Gen. McChrystal

    12/12/2009 6:22:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 1,220+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2009 | Diana West
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal's long-awaited testimony before Congress on the Afghanistan "surge" was, according to one account, "uneventful." The general himself, another story noted, was "a study in circumspection." And questioning from lawmakers was, said a third, "gentle." That's a nice word for it. "Ineffectual" is more like it. Throw in "callous," too, given House members' obligations to constituents in the war zone, operating under what are surely the most restrictive rules of engagement (ROE) in U.S. history. But not a single lawmaker appears to have ventured one question about these dangerously disarming ROEs, which, in Gen. McChrystal's controversial view, are...
  • Mullen to troops: Afghanistan casualties will rise

    12/07/2009 10:54:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 489+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2009 | Kristin M. Hall ASSOCIATED PRESS
    FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky — The highest-ranking military officer in the United States on Monday told soldiers, including many bound for Afghanistan, that he expects casualties to rise next year as additional U.S. troops pour into the war.
  • Afghan surge poses logistical headache for U.S. army

    12/06/2009 10:12:40 PM PST · by AlaskaErik · 3 replies · 327+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 6, 2009 | Daphne Benoit
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama's order to surge 30,000 troops into Afghanistan presents the US military with a giant logistical challenge as it faces some of the most forbidding terrain in the world. With few paved roads and a vast, rugged landscape, moving soldiers and equipment into Afghanistan "is a bigger challenge than certainly was the case in Iraq," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last month. Fulfilling Obama's vow to send troops at the "fastest pace possible," the first units of the buildup are due to arrive within two to three weeks, and the military plans to have all...
  • Matalin: With Afghan surge, Obama resembles George W. Bush

    12/07/2009 2:43:23 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 622+ views
    Washington (CNN) – A leading Republican strategist and one-time aide to former Vice President Cheney said Sunday that President Obama’s recently announced decision to send an additional 30, 000 troops to Afghanistan is “a reassertion of the Bush doctrine.” “The [Bush] doctrine is no safe havens [for terrorists intent on harming the United States] and we go after those that provide a harbor [for such terrorists]. That’s the doctrine,” Republican strategist Mary Matalin explained Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. Obama’s decision to surge additional troops into Afghanistan is “solid policy,’ in Matalin’s view and “a reassertion of the...
  • Obama the Mortal(Democrats Go Berserk on President's Troop Upgrade)

    12/06/2009 4:49:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 1,456+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2009 | Dana Milbank
    Some parishioners in the Church of Obama discovered last week that their spiritual leader is a false prophet Consider the blow suffered by the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, who issued a plaintive plea to the president on the eve of his announcement that he was sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. By escalating the war, Moore wrote: "[Y]ou will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your...
  • Obama & Company Forgot That They Told Afghanistan Commander To Defeat The Enemy

    12/06/2009 4:30:52 PM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 600+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-06-09 | Curt
    Obama told us throughout the 2008 campaign that Afghanistan was the war we should be fighting. The conflict where we supposedly took our eyes off the ball (even though Bush handed control over to NATO long ago, as the left wanted) and the conflict where most of our resources should go to. So he becomes President and nominated McChrystal to head it up and sent over 21,000 more troops. He then told McChrystal that his mission was to destroy the Taliban. Then he forgot all about Afghanistan as he pursued his Socialist utopian dreams onto this country. Well, McChrystal took...
  • Afghanistan: John McCain says Barack Obama's 2011 departure date threatening war effort

    12/06/2009 12:23:20 PM PST · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 481+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 6, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    President Barack Obama's attempt to clarify his July 2011 deadline for a US departure from Afghanistan has resulted in more confusion and will dilute Pakistan's commitment to fighting the Taliban, Senator John McCain has told The Daily Telegraph. Sen McCain, who has led criticism in Washington over the President's most controversial element said that senior administration officials had only contradicted each other when trying to explain how the timeline for the beginning of a US troop withdrawal would work in practice. "Since the President made his speech we have not had further clarification, in fact we have had further contradiction,"...
  • Obama's Afghanistan decision evokes LBJ's 1965 order on Vietnam buildup

    12/06/2009 11:57:57 AM PST · by South40 · 16 replies · 696+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | December 6, 2009 | MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER
    Hovering in the shadows of President Barack Obama's decision last week to ramp up the nation's war effort in Afghanistan, even as he promises to bring it to a swift conclusion, are ghosts of another decision, made 44 years ago by a Texan in the White House. In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson took ownership of a war he, like Obama, had inherited. Gen. William Westmoreland wanted more troops in Vietnam, and after a protracted debate within the White House, Johnson sent them. Over the next three years, he would send hundreds of thousands more and launch a carpet-bombing campaign against...
  • Nato pledges 7,000 more troops for Afghanistan

    12/04/2009 12:39:10 PM PST · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 987+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | December 5, 2009 | Bruno Waterfield
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato Secretary General, said he had received commitments from 25 countries and details would be announced in the coming weeks. He said he also expected more pledges to follow an international conference on Afghanistan in January. Yesterday's meeting of Nato ministers in Brussels raised an extra 3,200 troops on top of the 3,800 soldiers pledged in the last month, including 500 from Britain and 1,000 from Italy. It came as Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, called on the alliance to rally behind the American-led surge of troops planned in 2010. "This is our fight,...
  • Marines Start Operation in Helmand Province

    12/04/2009 3:02:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 357+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2009 – More than 1,000 International Security Assistance Force troops are partnering with Afghan forces to begin a large-scale operation in northern Helmand province. About 900 U.S. Marines and sailors and British forces began partnering today with 150 Afghan soldiers and police to start Operation Khareh Cobra, or Cobra’s Anger, to clear insurgent forces in the Now Zad valley. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7 and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion are partnered with Afghan army and police. The forces began helicopter and ground operations in the Now Zad valley early this morning. Now...
  • McChrystal undermined

    12/04/2009 2:04:24 AM PST · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 623+ views
    The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | December 2, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    After a full three months of damaging dither, Obama has finally announced his strategy for Afghanistan. It is nothing less than surrender dressed up in deepest, blood-boltered hypocrisy. The media have reported the headline announcement of an extra 30,000 troops as if he has finally junked his anti-war persona and turned into George W Bush reborn. Even some hawks who should know better are purring that he has finally done the right thing in committing America more fully to fighting and winning the war in Afghanistan. Are they all nuts? This is nothing of the kind. Obama’s speech amounted to...
  • A Call To Arms So Ambivalent And Dispiriting

    12/03/2009 6:05:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,026+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 3, 2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills — for 18 months. Then we start packing for home. We shall never surrender — unless the war gets too expensive, in which case, we shall quote Eisenhower on "the need to maintain balance in and among national programs" and then insist that "we can't simply afford to ignore the price of these wars." The quotes are from President Obama's West Point speech announcing the Afghanistan troop surge. What a strange speech it was —...
  • Sarah Palin: Finally, A Decision for Afghanistan: We're In It to Win It

    12/01/2009 7:43:51 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 375 replies · 4,951+ views
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | BigTigerMike
    Three months ago, I joined a number of Americans in urging President Obama to provide the resources necessary to achieve our goals in Afghanistan. Tonight, I am glad he mostly heeded that advice........
  • Helen Thomas: "Afghanistan Looks More And More Like Vietnam" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]

    12/02/2009 4:47:16 PM PST · by seanmerc · 47 replies · 3,599+ views
    TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 2 Dec 09 | Helen "Surrender Monkey" Thomas
    President Obama May Not Remember Vietnam Turmoil WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama insists that his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops is not Vietnam all over again. Well, it sure reminds me of the perils and the price of that unwinnable war in Southeast Asia and the political chaos it wreaked at home. In Afghanistan, the designated enemies are remnants of the weakened al-Qaida network and the native Taliban, which has been growing in strength despite the eight-year war started by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 catastrophe....
  • Code Pink: War Escalation Devastating

    12/02/2009 11:42:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 767+ views
    The Admonition ^ | December 2, 2009 | Shannon Bell
    The ladies (and I use that term sparingly) at Code Pink are calling Obama’s escalation of the Afghanistan War a “devastating announcement”. Looks like maybe President Obama’s attempt to smooth things over by blaming Bush just isn’t going to cut it with the radical left. Yeah, they hate Bush, and they’re willing to let him shoulder the blame for just about anything, but that doesn’t mean their stance on the war has changed just because Obama’s now in charge. The following quote is from the Code Pink website, and yes I needed to shower after going there: Let’s tell Obama:...
  • The Left Turns Off Obama

    12/02/2009 3:00:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 1,656+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2009 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    While the smoke rises from the Capitol building where the health care debate proceeds, Obama is losing his political base on the left. His decision to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan, an odd move for a peace candidate, his failure to close Guantanamo, our continued military presence in Iraq, and his failure to act on liberal priorities like gays in the military and immigration reform are all sapping his support from those who voted for him. And, even in the health care debate, the under-30 voters are learning that they are targeted -- just like the elderly -- for...
  • What I Heard Tonight (Dear Leader's Afghanistan Speech)

    12/01/2009 11:00:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 641+ views
    Power Line ^ | December 1, 2009 | Paul Mirengoff
    Earlier today I wondered whether President Obama's speech about Afghanistan would sound more like a description of a war plan or a structured settlement of a legal dispute. What I heard tonight tilted decidedly in the latter direction. To be precise, the speech sounded to me like a slick lawyer trying to sell a dubious settlement to a skeptical client or, in this case, set of clients. Consistent with slick salesmanship - as well as the president's character - the speech was quite self-referential. Providing a potted history of our military efforts in the war on terrorism, Obama took shots...
  • Vets Not Ready to Support New Afghanistan Strategy

    12/01/2009 9:22:38 PM PST · by BP2 · 39 replies · 2,203+ views
    Vets Voice ^ | Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 20:41:15 | Richard Allen Smith
    AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ VETERANS NOT READY TO SUPPORT OBAMA STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTANUsually supportive of administration, largest progressive veterans group in America has serious questions about future of War in Afghanistan following Obama speech WASHINGTON -- Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not ready to support the strategy for the war in Afghanistan, laid out by President Obama this evening, saying they had serious reservations and questions about it.  The veterans of VoteVets.org, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, said that the strategy left unanswered too many questions regarding strain on the Armed Forces, and...
  • Matthews on West Point : Obama went to the “enemy camp” tonight, didn’t he?

    12/01/2009 7:55:20 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 17 replies · 1,294+ views
    Hot Air ^ | DECEMBER 1, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    All he meant, I take it, is that the current commander-in-chief might not be Mr. Popularity among the presumably hawkish, right-leaning majority of cadets. But when your mouth is bigger than your brain, this is what happens. Twitter’s already buzzing about it so have at it. Exit question: How soon before the public apology? Middle segment on tomorrow night’s “Hardball”? Opening segment? Or does he take to the airwaves tomorrow morning and do the deed on “Morning Joe”?
  • Maxine Waters "Saddened" by "Bright, Articulate" Obama's Decision on Afghanistan - Video 12/1/09

    12/01/2009 7:33:55 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 23 replies · 832+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 1, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters tonight saying she is "saddened" that a "bright, articulate" President Obama has decided to send more troops to Afghanistan. Waters said Obama's strategy "doesn't work for me," and that she "will not support" Obama's efforts. Waters indicated Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee feels the same way. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Obama’s Afghanistan Speech: I’m Sending Troops While Signaling To The Enemy That We Quit

    12/01/2009 5:48:54 PM PST · by Starman417 · 104 replies · 5,429+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-01-09 | Curt
    Obama made his loooooooong anticipated speech tonight on Afghanistan and announced he would send 30,000 troops to help fight the war and then announced a date to withdraw hereby officially dooming this war to the same fate as Vietnam: President Obama, in a speech that could define the rest of his presidency, announced Tuesday that he was sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan with plans to start withdrawing them in July 2011, a move intended to appease the military, a war-weary public, and anti-war liberals. President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he travels...
  • VIDEO: MSNBC's Matthews: Obama Went Into "Enemy Camp" To Deliver Afghan Speech

    12/01/2009 6:11:35 PM PST · by ianschwartz · 37 replies · 1,613+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 1, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews says President Obama went into "enemy camp" when he delivered his Afghanistan speech at West Point.
  • Obama Announces Retreat from Afghanistan!

    12/01/2009 5:11:42 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 25 replies · 1,021+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12-01-09 | Bob McCarty
    Just-obtained excerpts of tonight's Afghanistan strategy speech by President Barack Obama seem to indicate the strategy is no strategy at all. As evidenced in the sentence below, it's both a withdrawal and an announcement of a timetable for beating feet out of the stone-age nation: "Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.
  • Krauthammer Says a Timetable tells Allies "You Will Be Left Naked Against the Taliban" - Video

    12/01/2009 5:12:59 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 547+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 1, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of Charles Krauthammer on "Special Report" questioning if Obama is "committed to success" in Afghanistan. Krauthammer said a timetable for withdrawal sends a bad signal to our allies in Afghanistan by saying "in 18 months the Americans are going to start to leave, and you will be left naked against the Taliban, who will be angry if you help the Americans during the 18 months." (Video)
  • Excerpts: Obama would start Afghanistan withdrawals in 2011

    12/01/2009 4:24:13 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies · 2,751+ views
    CNN ^ | December 1, 2009
    Washington (CNN) -- President Obama will announce Tuesday he'll deploy 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan "at the fastest pace possible" with a goal of starting to withdraw forces from the country in July 2011. "The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 ... so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers," Obama will say, according to excerpts from his speech at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Obama will say that the additional U.S. forces "will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility...
  • Administration Outlines Afghan War Endgame [Stunning Development!]

    12/01/2009 10:40:28 AM PST · by Steelfish · 55 replies · 3,384+ views
    APReport ^ | December 01, 2009
    Administration Outlines Afghan War Endgame Official: U.S. troops will start leaving region 'well before' end of first term NBC News and news services WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan over six months, an accelerated timetable — with an endgame built in — that would have the first Marines there as early as Christmas, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. U.S. troops are expected to start leaving the region 'well before' the end of Obama's first term, the AP reported Tuesday. A senior government official told NBC contributor Col. Jack Jacobs that...
  • Live Thread: Barack Obama Afghan Speech 8 p.m. EST - "Hello I Must Be Going"

    12/01/2009 3:54:38 PM PST · by kristinn · 862 replies · 34,084+ views
    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Kristinn
    Live from New York...it's Barack Obama!On the banks of the Hudson River at West Point, Obama will give his military strategy for Afghanistan, based on the tactical genius of Capt. Spaulding, aka Groucho Marx:Hello, I Must Be GoingOh dear, he is coming, At last he's here. (Spaulding) Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going. I'm glad I came, but just the same I must be going. La La. (Mrs. Rittenhouse) For my sake you must stay. If you should go away, You'd spoil this party I am throwing. (Spaulding) I'll stay...
  • Nuclear Option in Afghanistan- It's Time!

    12/01/2009 2:09:14 PM PST · by hoguenews · 18 replies · 947+ views
    Hogue News ^ | December 1, 2009 | Paul Smith
    thought with this administration we were going to get our coalition partners to be on equal footing with us? Officials in Brussels says Obama will be asking Nato allies to provide up to 10,000 extra troops. Asking? How about a demand… and if you don’t we pull out and you all can fight this stinking war yourselves! The US currently has 68,000 troops in Afghanistan, with foreign forces overall totalling more than 100,000. The additional American soldiers are expected to focus on tackling the Taliban in volatile southern and eastern Afghanistan. A senior Pentagon official said the new troops will...
  • Obama wants Afghan war over in 3 years, officials say (CUT AND RUN)

    12/01/2009 9:27:46 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 84 replies · 2,672+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/01/09
    Washington (CNN) -- President Obama intends to conclude the Afghanistan war and withdraw most U.S. troops within three years, according to senior administration officials. Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and ordering military officials to get the reinforcements there within six months, White House officials told CNN Tuesday. Obama will travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, later Tuesday to officially announce his plans. It would to be his second escalation of U.S. forces in the war-torn Islamic country since he came to power in January. The president also is seeking further troop commitments...
  • Democrats 'nervous' about Afghanistan plan

    11/30/2009 7:13:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 692+ views
    Politico ^ | November 30, 2009 | David Rogers
    Democratic Rep. John Murtha — just back from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan — said Monday that he never got a clear definition of what constitutes an “achievable victory” for the United States and fears that American commanders are assuming more time for the war effort than voters at home will allow. “I am still very nervous about this whole thing,” Murtha told POLITICO. “If you had 10 years, it might work; if you had five, you could make a difference. But you don’t have that long.” A top Democrat on military matters, the Pennsylvania lawmaker captures the skepticism facing...
  • Obama Gives Order: 30,000 to 40,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

    11/30/2009 11:04:05 AM PST · by HorowitzianConservative · 11 replies · 814+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | November 30, 2009 | Karen Northon
    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...
  • Obama Issues Afghan War Plan to Military Officials (Orders Sent Last Night)

    11/30/2009 9:07:35 AM PST · by kristinn · 43 replies · 3,602+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, November 30, 2009 | Matthew Mosk
    President Obama ordered top military leaders to begin carrying out his new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, a move that is believed to include the deployment of more than 30,000 additional troops into the eight year old conflict, the White House confirmed Monday. In a 5 p.m. Oval Office meeting Sunday with his defense secretary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his top military commanders, Mr. Obama "communicated the final decision on the strategy and issued orders as to the strategy's implementation," said Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "The commander in chief delivered the orders," Mr. Gibbs...
  • 9,000 Marines to Helmand after Obama speech: report

    11/28/2009 4:58:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 847+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov. 28, 2009
    The US military will deploy up to 9,000 Marines to Afghanistan's Helmand province -- doubling US presence there -- in the days after President Barack Obama's war strategy announcement this week, the Washington Post said Saturday. Citing senior US officials, the daily said the extra Marines won't move to the restive southern province until after Obama's address to the nation Tuesday from the prestigious West Point military academy in New York state. The aim is to regain a footing in the region that has been a base for a fierce Taliban insurgency in recent months. Some 1,000 army trainers will...
  • House Democrats from the Bay Area line up against Obama's expected troop surge in Afghanistan

    11/27/2009 12:50:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 869+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/27/09 | Mike Zapler
    WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama prepares to announce his long-awaited decision on Afghanistan, many war-weary Democrats in Congress are holding their tongues, uneasy about the possibility of a troop surge but wanting to give Obama space to make a defining decision of his presidency. San Jose's Mike Honda is not one of them. "I would oppose it," said the soft-spoken, unassuming Democratic congressman, who has emerged as a leading voice of progressives in Congress who oppose a troop buildup in Afghanistan. Though his position is consistent with his liberal bent on most issues, Honda does not relish standing in...
  • Live From West Point...It's President Obama

    11/27/2009 6:23:45 AM PST · by halthouse1 · 24 replies · 923+ views
    The Political Commentator ^ | November 27, 2009 | Michael Haltman
    As If Making The Afghanistan Announcement From West Point Fools Anyone It has been close to 90 days since the demands made by General McCrystal were aired, and the leisurely process seems to be finally winding down despite itself. The healthcare plan has passed the initial hurdle to get to the Senate floor, so the field is clear to make an announcement on troop strength and strategy. Now if this was a war the way that WWII was a war and President Obama was a general, we would have been in big trouble. If every decision that is "critical" takes...
  • Obama is about to get outflanked by the GOP on Afghanistan

    11/26/2009 10:58:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,592+ views
    The Seminal ^ | November 24, 2009 | Jason Rosenbaum
    believe that Republicans are poised to cement their complete opposition to everything Obama and reap a huge political win by twisting their political principles to oppose further escalation of troops in Afghanistan. Unless, of course, Obama can be convinced not to send more troops. Obama’s decision about whether to send more troops in Afghanistan is expected on December 1st, and he may well be going with an increase of around 30,000 towards a war we don’t have a way to win. We’ve reached a crucial juncture. More troops to Afghanistan would be a disaster, both over there and politically over...
  • U.S. will be out of Afghanistan by 2017: White House

    11/25/2009 1:36:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,455+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/09 | Ross Colvin and Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will not be in Afghanistan eight years from now, the White House said on Wednesday, as President Barack Obama prepared to explain to Americans next week why he is expanding the war effort. After months of deliberation and fending off Republican charges that he was dithering on Afghanistan while violence there surged, Obama will address the nation on Tuesday on the way forward in the costly and unpopular eight-year war. He is expected to announce he is sending about 30,000 more troops as part of a new counterinsurgency strategy that will place greater emphasis...
  • Report: McChrystal satisfied with additional 34,000 troops

    11/24/2009 6:49:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 1,152+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Nov. 24, 2009 | Allahpundit
    That’s according to unnamed “military sources,” although under the circumstances, anonymous intermediaries may be more credible than an on-the-record interview. For obvious reasons, McChrystal couldn’t object to this publicly even if he wanted to, especially given the uproar after his speech in London. Even better: Assuming NBC’s tipsters are right, there’s no timetable for withdrawal in The One’s plan. That’s a great relief given the emphasis on “off-ramps” lately.
  • Obama Set to Send 30,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

    11/24/2009 3:12:37 PM PST · by honestabe010 · 14 replies · 691+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | November 24, 2009 | By Daniel Dombey and James Blitz
    US President Barack Obama is widely expected to announce next week that he favours sending more than 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, in a momentous decision for his presidency. At an appearance on Tuesday with Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, Mr Obama said that after eight years in which the US did not have “either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job”. He added: ”the whole world... has a core security interest in making sure that the kind of extremism and violence that you’ve seen emanating from this region...
  • Afghanistan Needs Strategy And Will

    11/24/2009 5:31:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Afghanistan: Word is out that President Obama will send 34,000 reinforcements for our military in Afghanistan. It's better than expected, but mere numbers aren't victory. A strategy and a will to win are. Still no word on that. White House leakers Tuesday disclosed that President Barack Obama will dispatch the troops and make a televised announcement about his decision on Dec. 1. After months of dithering, it's coming in just under the wire for what Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal called a limited time frame for a chance of victory. Maybe it will make it. The numbers are stingy, given...