President Barack Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan over six months, an accelerated timetable — with an endgame built in — that would have the first Marines there as early as Christmas, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. With the full complement of new troops expected to be in Afghanistan by next summer, the heightened pace of Obama’s military deployment in the 8-year-old war appears to mimic the 2007 troop surge in Iraq, a 20,000-strong force addition under former President George W. Bush. In a prime-time speech to the nation Tuesday night from West Point that ends a 92-day review, Obama will seek to help sell his much bigger, costlier war plan by tying the escalation to an exit strategy, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.



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2 Responses to “Obama escalates troops in Afghanistan”

  1. GW

    Hey, golly! Whatever happened to his pre-election pledge to bring the troops home during his first year as president??? I mean, geeeez, that’s why I voted for him! Oh, I almost forgot… we’re talking about a “community organizer”…

  2. Jeremy Howerton

    I shall be there soon.

    The battalion I’m with is at the top of the list to go to Afghanistan in Jan.

    I believe this war is relevant to the situation of September 11th, it will be held accordingly to get the job done.

    God be with my brothers and sisters in arms.

    Semper FI!

    LCpl Howerton