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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama, saying "the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan," announced a new strategy Friday to confront the growing threat in the two countries.
He said the "situation is increasingly perilous" in the region, and 2008 was the deadliest year for U.S. forces in the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan. And he announced plans for 4,000 more troops in Afghanistan, new legislation that would help the economies in Pakistan and Afghanistan, more training to bolster Afghan security forces and an increase in civilian expertise to help develop Afghanistan's economic, social and governmental institutions
Originally posted by TheKingsVillian
But for the US to open a new front they would need alot more troops.
They would also need support from their allies the good old coalition of the willing.
"the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks are in Pakistan and Afghanistan,"
He announced plans for 4,000 more troops in Afghanistan
new legislation that would help the economies in Pakistan and Afghanistan
more training to bolster Afghan security forces
and an increase in civilian expertise to help develop Afghanistan's economic, social and governmental institutions.
The president said that the "situation is increasingly perilous" in the region, and that 2008 was the deadliest year for U.S. forces in the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
"international security challenge of the highest order." "the safety of people around the world is at stake."
"So let me be clear: Al Qaeda and its allies (the CIA) -- the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks (the CIA) -- are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.(so let's expand the war)
Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the U.S. homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan.
And if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban -- or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged -- that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can."
Obama said it is key that Americans understand that Pakistan "needs our help" in the fight against al Qaeda.
"Al Qaeda and other violent extremists have killed several thousand Pakistanis since 9/11.
They assassinated Benazir Bhutto.
threatened the stability of the state.
He called on Congress to pass a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, authorizing "$1.5 billion in direct support to the Pakistani people every year over the next five years -- resources that will build schools, roads, and hospitals, and strengthen Pakistan's democracy."
"After years of mixed results, we will not provide a blank check. Pakistan must demonstrate its commitment to rooting out al Qaeda and the violent extremists within its borders. And we will insist that action be taken -- one way or another -- when we have intelligence about high-level terrorist targets. "
Obama said the United States must work with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and others to help Pakistan get through the economic crisis.
Obama said the United States will set clear benchmarks for international assistance and won't ignore attention to corruption.
Originally posted by maxweljames
Come on all you theorists, throw out your best ideas of the hidden Afghan agendas.
Originally posted by guinnessford
Did i get unheard?
The prez of Afghanistan , Karzai was a ceo for Conoco.
If you line up the maps of the bases, its exactly where the proposed natural gas pipeline is gonna go.
They started bouncing rocks over there with MOABs to level it out a bit, and remove any resistance to the construction.
The first big name i heard put all this together was Cynthia Mckinney.
All of it seems to make tioo much sense, they need a way to get gas from Uzbekistan to the gulf, and thats where its gonna get routed.