November 24, 2009

Obama to announce troop decision

Posted: 08:44 AM ET

President Obama will announce within days whether he will send more troops to Afghanistan.

The U.S. commander on the ground has asked for more troops and Republicans have criticized Obama for the drawn-out consideration process. The White House has defended its timetable, saying the president wants to get the decision right, not fast.

Monday's meeting, which ended at 10 p.m., included Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and other senior officials.

At the last war council meeting - on November 11, Veterans Day - Obama pushed for revisions in proposed plans for troop increases to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government.

Gibbs said before Monday's meeting that Obama would seek answers to the questions he posed on November 11 about "not just how we get people there, but what's the strategy for getting them out."

Sources said one option that has been presented to Obama calls for sending about 34,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, in addition to the 68,000 already committed to the country, with other options involving variations on that plan.

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Asnell   November 24th, 2009 11:08 am ET

I think he shouldn't send more troops. If anything he should be bringing the troops home. They are fighting a pointless war. As for the Republicans criticizing him for considering it they should go over there and fight and see how much they like it.

Ted   November 24th, 2009 11:44 am ET

This is a war that has no future, no end and will bring us nothing but problems.
Those senators and congressmen who are so jazzed up about increasing our troops there should send their children and grandchildren, nephews, causins as volunteers to die in Afghanistan. When this happens, then can they open their big mouth.
According to Michael Moore not one member of the Congress has a relative in Iraq or Afghanistan. The poor should go to fight and die for those who profit from wars, meanwhile our country gets poorer and poorer.

Dodie   November 24th, 2009 11:56 am ET

@ Ted

Now that is what I call.............. Perfectly stated! Bravo!!!

Ted, you certainly nailed that one!!!

I second that motion! Lets get some military recruiters and go to Washington!!

bacalove   November 24th, 2009 12:33 pm ET

Who or what are we fighting? Bin Ladin and the "terrorists" are most likely long gone from Afghanistan. We are not at war with the terrorists but we are in a struggle with them. This struggle is more of ideas. They do not belong to any one country. We also have terrorists here in the U.S. Does that mean we are also at war with the United States?

A. Smith, Oregon   November 24th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

The Pentagon and its sub-contractors have 1 Trillion US Taxpayer Dollar reasons for prolonging the war in Afghanistan.

The CIA and its partnership with the Taliban which the CIA originally created in the early 1980's have a prevailing reason for remaining in Afghanistan, namely to flood Russia and the Middle East with cheap Heroin.

The American People have 1 Trillion US Taxpayer Dollar reasons for leaving Afghanistan immediately.

Pouring 1 Trillion dollars into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq sucks that same amount from America's Public Schools, Dams, Bridges, Highways, Canals, Harbors, Electrical Grid replacements.

America's infra-structure is in a very sad state of disrepair directly due to the Bush-Cheney administration and Republican lawmakers focus on pouring 1 Trillion dollars into the pockets of their friends in the defense contracting business.

America needs to focus entirely on rebuilding America after the Bush-Cheney Administration.

Students that continue to drop-out of public schools directly thru lack of text books, room, and teachers stand a very high probability of ending up in America's prison population where American taxpayers routinely pay 75,000 US Dollars per prisoner.

With 1 million prisoners and ontrack for an additional 1 million prisoners very soon, that yearly amount simply to keep America's prison population locked-up would be 150 Billion per year!!!

still me just a new name   November 24th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

This is a tough one. I am from a military family and we have had deployments since 1990 to Iraq and other places and the deployments have continued. Thursday will be a combination of Thanksgiving and a going away party for our lastest soldier to go. Of course I want all our soldiers to come home. But if my loved one has to I want him out there with 10 other soldiers or do I want him out there with a 1000? I want him out there being supported with all the help and all the equiment he needs to make sure he comes home. But of course I would rather he was not going at all. Bring them home...if not support them 100 %. There are not figures and numbers a chart...the are men and women who have families that love and respect and fear for them.

still me just a new name   November 24th, 2009 1:28 pm ET


They are not figures and numbers on a chart...they are men and women who have families that love and respect and fear for them.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 24th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

Greetings Larry King, I love your show!

Isn't it time for America to consider the Pentagon has 1 Trillion US Dollar reasons for Not Finding, Capturing, Killing Osama bin Laden?

The enormous amounts of taxpayer funds, funneling to the Pentagon and their friends in the defense contracting business would nearly dry up.

In the regions of the Middle East where large cash bribes for precise and accurate information are normally expected and normally given, I find it impossible to believe various US Governmental agency's do not know precisely where Osama bin Laden actually is.

louis   November 24th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

Ted is correct..END the 2 much bloodshed costing 90 billion a month....Geo W Bush & Cheney never went to war ..Cheney w/5 deferrments..unheard of...I am uncomfortable w/a Xmas tree in ev. room in the White much money/energy wasted. this country is @ many homeless 1 & 2 blocks from the white house, let's begin to save money & much unemployment also..hope for the best ..

Dodie   November 24th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

Excellent Blog and perspective! !!!! ~whew~

Hopefully others will read it and see what a mess we are currently creating.

I would like to see Cheney and the Bush Admin investigated for War crimes, fraud and conflict of interest, just to name a few. Capitalism (large corporate control) has been a problem in this country for years; however,. the previous administration has dropped this country to its knees!

We need to get out of these wars NOW!!!

Demond   November 24th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

The U.S do need to get out of these wars, but it must be done in a smart way. It must be done with leaving the fate of these two countries in the hand of their leaders, so if these countries "fail" it will not be seen as a failure of America. Or that america abandoned "them". There is no easy or quick pull out scenario.

I also agree that Congress and the Senate should be made to send their children to serve once war is declared. Maybe then they would think twice of the consequences.

Dodie   November 24th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

@ Demond

We have already abandoned the Afghanistans in the 1980s when we were in Afghanistan fighting with the Russians. They will never trust us. This is a lose – lose war. The only country that would like to see us in Afghanistan is India as when we withdrawal, India is concerned that the pakistan Taliban will gain control of Afghanistan.

MsNomer n AZ   November 24th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

Send the republican senators with wives all their children over there to fight.

Brandon   November 24th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

@MsNomer in AZ Well to be fair...our politicians are screwed on both sides....send them all.....fill the senate and house seats with new fresh meat...

Teri in New Jersey   November 24th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

First Bush went in and destroyed Bagdad which had nothing to do with September 11. Now we've been in Afghanistan trying to seek justice? How many American lives have been lost? Wasn't this suppose to be about the value of Human Life in the first place.

We are told we should be in Pakistan. But then you read that these cells exist everywhere, even here.

I don't think you can send more troops and expect to fight a traditional war. We need to be as sneaky as the terrorists.

I have to say I am a little shocked. I really thought that President Obama would have seen how senseless adding more troops would be. Forget the money. At this point, we are really going to go downhill fast.

I really hated listening to all those tea party so and so's, the loud, rude people in the town meetings and that guy that cried "you lie."

I just seriously feel shocked and saddened. I just didn't see President Obama giving in to this pressure to add more troops. There has to be a dignified way of bringing the troops home.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 25th, 2009 12:24 am ET

The KGB via the USSR Army installed a puppet President in Afghanistan for 10 years. It appears the CIA via the US Army has installed a puppet President in Afghanistan that is likely to last for 10 years.

The moment the last Russian troop left Afghanistan, their puppet President was murdered by the Taliban. The same would occur to President Karzai if he chose to stay, in my opinion.

President Karzai's brother is on the CIA payroll and is heavily linked to Heroin smuggling via his influence over the vast Afghanistan Opium poppy fields.

Why are brave American soldiers being called upon to die to support a corrupt foreign President and is brother who is a major player in worldwide distribution of Heroin?

America should pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq immediately.

Ted   November 26th, 2009 10:17 am ET


There are many of us who are more than dissatisfied the way our politicians run the country. How about sending e-mails to them telling them you feelings. One or two will be ignored, however hundreds of thousands will make a big bang in their corrupt heads. Take the time and don´t be too polite.

Dodie, you are absolutly correct, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Stern, Wolvowitz and the rest of that criminal gang who lied about Iraq to start a war for huge profits MUST be indicted for war crimes.
If you kill a human being you will be executed or go to jail for life!
How about if you cause the death of a hundred thousand??!!

Regina   December 2nd, 2009 7:05 am ET

I just can not believe that Pres Obama has decided to increase this war assault. I had thought that , in Mr. Obama, the country finally had a humanitarian, intelligent and principled man who valued human life and true diplomacy. The war in Afganistan is madness to me: chasing ideologies and fear with fighting and death is inconsistent and dehumanizing. I can't even find words to describe the pain and disgust I'm feeling now. I had hoped we had a man of strength and peace...only to realize he's caved in to trade a health plan for a war that miserable right wing war mongers want to protect THEIR greedy, opportunistic, self agrandizing ways at the expense of our children. I AM SO HURT AND ANGRY THAT YOU DIDN'T STAND UP!

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