West Point, New York CNN — President Obama spoke Tuesday night at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, about the future of the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan. The following is a transcript of his remarks:Good evening. To the United States Corps of Cadets, to the men and women of our […]
WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, along with plans to begin withdrawing the reinforcements in 18 months — a potentially high-risk political and military strategy. via Obama Bets Big on Brief Surge – WSJ.com.
You can’t fight a successful war unless the commander-in-chief is fully committed to it. So President Obama’s chief task in his speech Tuesday night on Afghanistan is to make it absolutely clear that he is. This won’t be easy. Obama comes from the antiwar wing of the Democratic party that opposes the use of force […]
President Obama will outline Tuesday his intention to send an additional 34,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials and diplomatic sources briefed Monday as Obama began informing allies of his plan. via Obama to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan – washingtonpost.com.
A Story From War Sangin, Afghanistan (Photo Michael Yon) 08 October 2009 “In April this year it became 2 Rifles’ dubious fortune to be sent to Sangin on a six-month tour.
REVIEW & OUTLOOK OCTOBER 7, 2009 Obama and the General The White House finds a four-star scapegoat for its Afghan jitters. Democrats have found someone worth fighting in Afghanistan
Oct 7, 12:05 AM EDT
Obama mum on adding more troops in Afghanistan
By BEN FELLER – AP
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday ruled out shrinking the Afghanistan war to a counterterrorism campaign. Yet he did not signal whether he is prepared to send any more troops to the war zone – either the 40,000 [...]
OCTOBER 7, 2009
Behind Afghan War Debate, a Battle of Two Books Rages
By PETER SPIEGEL and JONATHAN WEISMAN
WASHINGTON — The struggle to set the future course of the Afghan war is becoming a battle of two books — both suddenly popular among White House and Pentagon brain trusts.
The two draw decidedly different lessons from the Vietnam [...]
October 06, 2009
Lose Afghanistan, Lose Pakistan, Lose Iran, Lose It All
By James Lewis
The gangster regimes of the world are on the march, and they’ve got our number. They know how to squeeze more civilized nations. Our weakness is cowardice, and that goes double or triple in the face of nuclear weapons. That’s why all the [...]
White House angry at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan
The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal’s comments on strategy for the war.
By Alex Spillius in Washington
Published: 7:00AM BST 05 Oct 2009
According to sources close to the administration, Gen [...]