February 2nd, 2009
09:15 AM ET
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Gates to brief Obama on shifting troops to Afghanistan

Gates will brief Obama Monday.
Gates will brief Obama Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will get the nuts and bolts when Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefs him Monday afternoon about specific plans for adding 15,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

Three U.S. military sources have confirmed to CNN that Gates will present the plan when he meets with Obama and Biden Monday afternoon.

On Friday, Gates received the military's plans for sending three additional brigades to the war zone, but deferred on signing off on the plan until he could brief the new president.

The plan calls for ultimately sending two additional combat brigades - most likely one Army and one Marine Corps unit - and a brigade of trainers for Afghan security forces.

Military sources emphasize they do not expect the Obama to get involved in the minute details of deployment orders, but since this is the first major decision of his presidency about troop deployment, Gates wanted to brief him personally.

Monday's meeting follows a visit by Obama on Jan. 28 to the Pentagon for what was described as an "unvarnished" give-and-take on how to move forward in America's two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Afganistan will become the new Iraq War – shifting sands and bodies.

    February 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. aware

    Obama may listen but he will do exactly what he wants to do! He has no moral center or ethical core! It is all about political expediency at any given moment! :(

    February 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Afghanistan defeated the USSR, and it will bankrupt the U.S.A. We can not be the world's police force.
    We were played by the taliban into chasing them into the mountains, no Army has ever won in the land.
    Bring our boys home, and defend the homeland.

    February 2, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. aware

    Obama is not getting the troops out of Iraq. That was a done deal before his negative rhetoric surfaced! :(

    February 2, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Victory

    A victory for terror.

    February 2, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Shane -- Montreal

    Im all for the war, but my question is, if theres gonna be a complete withdrawal from Iraq to transfer troops to Afghanistan, then a few years from now, Iraq becomes fludded with terrorists again, are we going to withdraw from afghanistan because its safer and transfer troops to Iraq again? I think the back and forth will cost more and it would be logical to leave some troops in Iraq and transfer troops to afghanistan since it will cost less.

    Oh and believe me, for those anti-terror advicates in here, don't think that by scoring political points to support your opinions on not to have the war on terror is going to move your agenda forward. Obama knows that the war on terror is a must and will continue it, I just dont agree on him pulling all the troops from Iraq. But he knows that Afghanistan is an important part of the war on terror.

    February 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    Ah, nice to see the usual cast of right wingers throwing around opinions on subjects they know so little about. Especially how they are already blaming Obama for the mess their dim-witted friends made.

    He will make the right decisions regarding Afghanistan, whatever they might be. That region needs some attention as Afghanistan is unstable and could lead to further problems in Pakistan.

    Maybe the right wingers should go regroup and think on how they can be actually relevant to what is happening in real life.

    February 2, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Larry Houston TX

    Thank You , gerri, for your post....I Totally Agree !!

    February 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. greed is not good

    It's about time. Thanks to Cheney's obsession with Iraq...we never finished the REAL war that we should have won a long time ago.

    February 2, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. My2Cents

    @TCM, President Obama an intelligent man; that is why you have a problem with him. I am a veteran, and he does not make me feel betrayed in any way. You, however, are obviously not a veteran; the wording of your poor sentence structure lets me know this.

    You are the undeducated idiot box who has low self esteem; that is why you try hard to be mean to others who are not like you. Stop drinking the Limbaugh kool aid.

    February 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. proudliberal-independent

    Gates will be gone ,next year, and Wes Clark will be taking over defense. We'll finally have a defense secretary that knows the difference between a stoopid war and a smart one.

    February 2, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    Just remember "Gilgal" Mr. Gates and all will be well!

    February 2, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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