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December 1, 2009

Obama wants Afghan war over in three years

Posted: 03:06 PM ET

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Washington (CNN) - President Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan but plans to conclude the war and withdraw most U.S. service members within three years, senior administration officials told CNN Tuesday.

The president is ordering military officials to get the reinforcements to Afghanistan within six months, White House officials said.

Obama will travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, later Tuesday to officially announce his plans. It would 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 from NATO allies as part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at wiping out al Qaeda elements and stabilizing the country while training Afghan forces.

The expected new troop deployment would increase the total U.S. commitment to roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, bolstered by about 45,000 NATO forces.

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MARY PAVAO   December 1st, 2009 6:18 pm ET

I VOTED FOR THE PRESIDENT AND I FEEL SAFE AS ANYONE ELSE CAN BE CONSIDERING THE WORLD SITUATION BUT I AM TOATALY AGAINST SENDING IN MORE TROOPS FOR WHAT ALL THE MONEY THAT WE ARE SENDING OVER THIER LIKE BUSH AND CHENEY DID WE CAN HELP OUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN HERE LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF WORK ETC CHILDREN AND ELDERLY GOING HUNGRY MY SISTER'S SON IN IN THE ARMY AND I AM VERY PROUD OF HIM AND ALL OUR SERVICE PEOPLE BUT HE PROMISED TO GET US OUT AND LOOK THIS IS ANOTHER VIETNAM I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT ALL WERE DOING IS SENDING THEM INTO A PLACE ONLY THOSE MOUNTAIN RAT'S KNOW THE WAY


Linda Chase   December 2nd, 2009 1:23 am ET

I agree and feel today is a sad day for everyone who beloved in our beloved presidant. When you look at how many are suffering here now, this is a tragic waste of life, vital resources and we are losing our focus..... Sad most because Barack Obama is a good man and being led down a path that will only fuel those desires of more Bysh!Cheney. Tough decision no doubt but until we focus on financial incentives, Afganistan will use and deplete our precious troops while they grow poppis for profit.


Linda Chase   December 2nd, 2009 2:22 am ET

Also really hoping Dick Cheney will just go away. We have all had enough Cheney to last 4000 lost lifetimes....


Benjamin a Poston/Cookeville,tennessee   December 1st, 2009 6:42 pm ET

I'm a big fan of michael moore,and I agree with him that the war in afganistan is not winnable.I believe it could possibly spark a world war.The country does not support sending young men and women to a foreign country to be killed by extremist.The soviet union lost there and it caused the nail for their empire.Our country has been at war for 8-9 or nine years.When does it end.Ii will only insite people from all over the muslim world to go there and die for their cause,and kill americans in the process.I think we should pack up and withdraw immediately from iraq and afganistan.


A. Smith, Oregon   December 1st, 2009 7:47 pm ET

If the Indian Prime Minister and President Obama reached an agreement on India's backed Pashtun Afghanistan fighters who are fighting a proxy war for India against Pakistan's imported Taliban fighters, The War in Afghanistan would be over for American Soldiers in far less than three more years.

Further propping up the corrupt Karzi government linked to the CIA has nothing in common with any core American Values.

Further flooding of Russia and the Middle East with cheap Heroin which is linked to Karzi's brother and the CIA has nothing in common with any core American values.

Reach an agreement with India's Prime Minister and pull American Soldiers out of Afghanistan.


lostemperor   December 1st, 2009 8:20 pm ET

So now the Taliban knows US strategy. What's next?!!


thomas& adeline   December 1st, 2009 8:26 pm ET

Being born during Herbert Hoover era, we have lived thru many wars & lost friends neighbors & 2 relatives..so much bloodshed. not necessary...Americans out of work, sm eating dog food..& Pres Obama hosts a lavish state dinner..think it should have been a small intimate one to save money..less Xmas trees in the white house &they should turn sm of the lights off to save energy..it begins @ the TOP..save money, save energy..cut down on expenses..clip coupons, shop sales, give less to church "the Lord loves a cheerful giver" the bible says...& END the 2 wars...


Ruby Coria, L.A., CA.   December 1st, 2009 8:50 pm ET

Hi Larry & Michael, the question is why do they hate America & Americans?, because we want the world to love Britney & follow Tiger & the Palian crap.. Just bring them damn Yankees home, from Afghan, Iraq, Japan, S. Korea, Germany, & so on & so on! Enough!


A. Smith, Oregon   December 1st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

In tonight's speech, President Obama stated 18 months of continued occupation in Afghanistan and then a pull-out. That's 1 1/2 years not 3 years as earlier media was reporting on.

President Obama also emphasized America's close relationship with Pakistan in support and US taxpayer dollars. Doesn't that fly in the face of America's friendship with India? India knows full well that Pakistan cannot be trusted and that Pakistan is solely responsible for the Taliban flowing from Pakistan into Afghanistan like a hord of bandits and cut-throats.

Pakistan is not going to effectively cut-off the arm of the Taliban which is carrying out Pakistan's goals within India as well as Afghanistan, murdering innocent civilians that they perceive stand in their way.

The very moment America pulls out of Afghanistan, tribal leaders will once again swear allegiance to the Taliban, and Karzai's government will be toppled, Karzai himself will likely flee to a cozy US taxpayer luxury exile for the rest of his life.

President Obama also told the American people he was shutting down torture in US Military prisons.

Does that parse out to actually mean he is forbidding the CIA to instruct and directly train foreign services in torture of their civilian populations?

Does that parse out to actually mean he is forbidding the CIA to torture people they have kidnapped in overseas secret prisons?

Where is the Media getting 30 billion US Taxpayers for the Afghanistan War per year?

1 US Troop = 1 Million US Dollars per year.

100,000 US Troops = 100 Billion US Dollars per year.

That would be just shy of 2 Billion Federal Tax extra dollars poured into all 52 states. Imagine what a windfall that would be to States that are on the utter brink of bankruptcy!


Dodie   December 2nd, 2009 2:45 am ET

You want to end Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda? You only need to look as far as Washington DC. Look up ..... Illicit Transactions Group (ITG) That unknown entity watches and records the funding between the Saudis and Al-Qaeda! It also records and watches global money laundering


LtCol Florian P. Meinhardt, USAF Retired   December 2nd, 2009 3:44 am ET

I spent 34 year in the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Foolish wars, particularly Vietnam, dominated my life and the lives of some of my friends in tragic ways. I happened to be in Cambodia when we won the war in Southeast Asia. Congress cut off all funds except to protect and withdraw Americans, and America was better for it.

We should begin an orderly withdrawal now instead of sending more troops to Afghanistan. Based on a lifetime of historical and military study, including time in the Middle East, I do not agree with the assertions as to why we are there. I contend that the war in Afghanistan is enhancing radical Islamic Fundamentalism and is self-defeating. It is time we stopped wasting our treasure and blood.


Mitch   December 2nd, 2009 7:07 am ET

We already have accomplished the mission that we went to Afganistan to do. We removed the Taliban from governing the country.

No one can secure freedom and justice for Afganistan's people except the Afgans. Ask yourself this question. "Are you comfortable with expending American blood for a group of people who hates everthing American?" I am not.


Tanesha Allen   December 2nd, 2009 2:01 pm ET

I didn't vote for Obama because I wasn't old enough, but I believe in his judgements. But this time i total disagree with him because their are already enough soldiers over in Afgan so why do we need more. An we already removed Taliban from governing the country so why is Obama leting the war go on. As Obama said in this article he want the war to be over in three years. Thats not going to happen because if they start a war with another city in Afgan, we are still going to be over there just lik we is now. An i will perfer Obama to talk to someone so that we can bring our troops home.


Ashlee Guy   December 4th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

The war in afganistan is not a won war.I believe it could possibly spark a world war.The country does not support sending young men and women to a foreign country to be killed by extremist. We should begin an orderly withdrawal now instead of sending more troops to Afghanistan. We already have accomplished the mission that we went to Afganistan to do. We removed the Taliban from governing the country, that should be it.


lisa   May 2nd, 2010 4:10 am ET

I wish this war was already over šŸ˜¦ I've had enough. Time we take care of our own. Sounds mean yes. BUT. I grew up understanding one thing. And it holds to be 100% true. IF you cant take care of yourself. You cant take care of anyone else. Is anyone getting it now?


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