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Obama Orders More US Troops to Afghanistan

“In his first major military move as Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama has approved a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, on top of a smaller increase ordered by former-President Bush and already implemented.”

Of course….

“The long-awaited announcement came in a written statement from the president. The statement says “the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan demands urgent attention and swift action.” President Obama says the Taliban has been “resurgent” in Afghanistan and that the al-Qaida terrorist network is supporting it from safe havens in Pakistan. The president says the troop increase is needed “to stabilize a deteriorating situation,” which he says “has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires.”

Wow ….he is Soooo presidential….

“After reviewing a several-months-old request from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, endorsed by other senior officers and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, President Obama approved the deployment of two large combat units, one from the marines scheduled to arrive with a couple of months, and one from the army, expected to arrive several months later, along with thousands of support troops.”

He reviewed it for several months……LOL…don’t get me wrong…I want a Disproportionate response!

“General McKiernan has asked for one more combat brigade, which would bring the total to about 60,000, but President Obama has not made a decision on that.”

Count them……17,000 troops……bringing the total to 60,000…I am waiting for Afghanistan 4.0…(h/t moe)

“The president’s announcement Tuesday says the troop deployments do not pre-determine the outcome of the senior-level Afghanistan strategy review he has ordered. But he hinted at his thinking, saying he wants an approach with what he called “achievable goals” that utilizes “all elements” of U.S. national power.”

“He spoke about what he called “a comprehensive strategy” Tuesday in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. “I am absolutely convinced that we can not solve the problem of Afghanistan, the Taliban, the spread of extremism in that region solely through military means. We’re going to have to use diplomacy, we’re going to have to use development,” he said.”

He is so full of Bull…….it’s awesome…

“President Obama’s deployment announcement came on the same day that a major independent research institute issued a report calling for urgent and significant changes in U.S. military strategy toward Afghanistan.”

Oh yes….MUST READ….but I can’t find it yet…

“One of the Rand report’s authors is Christine Fair. “Whether or not the Taliban remain in Afghanistan is really not our concern. What we really care about is that it doesn’t become a safe haven for international terrorists seeking to harm us, our interests, or our assets,” she said.”

Holy Moly……Ms. Fair….are you kidding me? Terrorists are real..

“The Rand report says the United States and its allies need to be able to provide “sustainability” when they make gains on security, economic development or other issues.”

Really?……..that means we’re Staying ..for a long time….till we win