Asked whether he would move U.S. troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism elsewhere, he brought up Afghanistan and said, “We’ve got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we’re not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there.”
On Feb 27, 2009 White House announced the additional 17,000 troop deployment to Afghanistan
“This reinforcement will contribute to the security of the Afghan people and to stability in Afghanistan,” Obama said in a statement. “I recognize the extraordinary strain that this deployment places on our troops and military families. I honor their service, and will give them the support they need.”
The troop increase is a down payment on a larger influx of U.S. forces that has been widely expected this year. It will get a few thousand forces in place in time for the increase in fighting that usually comes with warmer weather and ahead of national midyear elections.
May 06, 2009 President Obama and Hillary Clinton are in news – apologizing and investigating
“The road ahead will be difficult. There will be more violence and there will be setbacks,” Obama said. “But let me be clear. The United States has made a lasting commitment to defeat Al Qaeda but also to support the democratically elected, sovereign governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan. That commitment will not waver, and that support will be sustained.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Karzai earlier that the Obama administration “deeply, deeply” regretted the loss of civilian lives. When Obama went before the cameras, he pledged his administration would “make every effort to avoid civilian casualties” in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, where U.S. airstrikes have stoked anti-American sentiment.
It’s unclear what exactly happened in the bombing. Gen. David McKiernan, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said U.S. forces joined the operation after Taliban members beheaded three civilians. He said he had information that leads to “distinctly different conclusions” about the causes of the casualties than those reports blaming the U.S.
Another report says… refer here
Gen. Jim Jones, Obama’s national security adviser, told reporters that the president began his meeting with Karzai by addressing reports that dozens of civilians had been killed by American bombs on Sunday.
Jones said Obama commented “with great sympathy” and expressed regret for the loss of innocent life. Earlier, before her meetings with Karzai and Zardari at the State Department, Clinton said the U.S. “deeply, deeply” regrets the losses.
Both Obama and Clinton stopped short of accepting U.S. blame for the deaths.
Obama told Karzai that investigations “will be pursued aggressively with full intent to discover what in fact did happen, how it happened and how we can make sure that things like that do not happen again. And it was clear that President Karzai was moved by that … and he thanked the president for starting off the meeting with that expression of condolence.”
Mr. President what happened to your better and smart strategy? George Bush is gone. Why did you apologize if it is still unclear what happened? Do you stand with your soldiers as CIC? What do you plan to do to avoid such things don’t happen again? Where did you bury Murtha and John Kerry?
Ever heard about “casualty of war” ?