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After months of wondering what President Obama's decision will be regarding the war in Afghanistan, the wait is over. On December 1 he will announce his plan to send 34,000 more troops. Military officials and others expect Obama to settle on a middle-ground option that would deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces to the 8-year-old conflict. That rough figure has stood as the most likely option since before Obama's last large war council meeting earlier this month, when he tasked military planners with rearranging the timing and makeup of some of the deployments. This troop surge isn't exactly surprising, since it is what him and his cabinet have been leaning towards anyway.
In March, President Obama approved a roughly 21,000 man escalation in Afghanistan, which at the time was an enormous escalation of a war which President Bush had himself escalated just a few months prior. Gen. Stanley McChrystalThis escalation accomplished little, and 2009 has ended up being the deadliest year by far since the 2001 US invasion. President Obama will therefore be sending another massive escalation to the nation very soon.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
So much for ending the war....
Originally posted by whiteraven
Obama has now sent more troops then Bush (not including initial buildup).......not that I am for or against it....its the idea that I remember the frenzied opposition to Bush and it seems Obama is getting very little flak over this decision.
We live in interesting and very scary times.