September 30th, 2009
11:20 AM ET
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Pressure increases on Obama over Afghanistan

President Obama is under increasing pressure to decide whether the United States will commit more troops and resources to the conflict in Afghanistan.
President Obama is under increasing pressure to decide whether the United States will commit more troops and resources to the conflict in Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama is under increasing pressure to decide whether the United States will commit more troops and resources to the conflict in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the head of NATO met with the president and endorsed Obama's plan to fine-tune the strategy for Afghanistan before deciding on whether to deploy more troops.

"I agree with President Obama in his approach: strategy first, then resources," Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after meeting with Obama at the White House.

The meeting comes a day before Obama is scheduled to discuss Afghanistan strategy with his national security team.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs backed up Rasmussen's assessment.

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  1. Wheat

    Too busy promoting Chicago for the Olympics to worry about this important stuff.

    September 30, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Laurie, MO

    The Republicans are mean-spirited. How can you work for the people when you HATE the people? The only thing they care about is big business.

    Grayson is speaking the truth and he should NOT apologize.

    Also, he did not shout this at President Bush, like that idiot Wilson who shouted on the Capitol floor, "You lie". They are such morons.

    September 30, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. g

    maybe the usa should get out of the war buisness this war was a about profit not winning

    September 30, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter

    Here's how congress works: You've got the house of representatives in which representation is apportioned according to population size by state. A public option would pass here no problem, since it is what most people want. Then there's the senate. Each state gets 2 senators. So states with relatively few people get equal representation with more populous states. The public option is a no go here because certain, how shall I put this, less than progressive states are disporportionally represented. So, essentially we are being held back once again by representatives of a minority of the population. That's alright, though, the insurance companies don't care where you live or how you vote when they decide to deny you coverage. That's fair. Just keep telling yourselves that the free market has your best interests at heart. Have a nice day!

    September 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. DumpTheGOP

    President Obama GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY NOW!!!! THAT'S NOW!!! GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY!!!

    September 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. geecee

    Oh, please, let's not be idiotic. Obama isn't ignoring Afghanistan while "running off to get the Olympics". You people are so dramatic. The guy is gone a day and you think he is ignoring everything else. He has ways of communicating, even when he is out of the Country, believe it or not! And, yes, he can multi-task. So stop the stupid hysterics. You complain about our soldiers dying in Afghanistan while Obama is off running around, but you want to send more of our soldiers to die in Afghanistan. Makes a lot of sense. How about just strategic strikes – bomb the crap out of the poppy fields, target Taliban hideouts, AlQueda camps, etc.

    September 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. obummer, 1 and done

    I think we need to run some more public opinion polls before obummer knows what to think. then they can put it on a teleprompter and he can tell us.

    September 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Paul

    To all those who take Obama to task for being able to multi-task:

    You all are still hanging on to a failed paradigm:

    One

    Thing

    At

    A

    Time

    between vacations, clearing brush in Crawford, etc.

    And to those bloviating that he hasn't already committed more troops, refer to General McChrystal's recommendation that new strategies be developed that center on the Afghans taking an ever increasing roll in protecting their own country. The general said if this isn't done, there won't be a need for more troops.

    So, the president is doing what the general suggested.

    The nerve of the man!

    September 30, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Jay T.

    As it should. Obama isn't a war president, so I don't know who he is trying to appease here. Politics suck! I'm going to read Pitchfork's Top 200 albums of the decade. Now that is purity.

    September 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    We need to make the decision as to what constiututes a military vicorty in Afganistan, what forces are needed to acheive military victory, provide the assets, acheive victory and leave. Who decides what forces are needed, the military, we either support their requests or we leave.

    September 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Dean

    After Korea, Viet Nam and Iraq it looks like we are too stupid to learn from our previous actions.
    You cannot win a war unless you go all out and defeat the entire country. A limited war does not work unless you want to commit to troops being there forever. Fifty plus years in Korea should teach us that the home country will ever take over their own defense roles.
    This is also becoming more apparent in Iraq.

    Maybe someday someone in this country will wake up, forget about politics and do what needs to be done. The sad part is, this person is not yet in sight.

    September 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Clark

    absolutely ... strategy first and then resources .... but President Obama told the American people months ago that he had THE strategy and was ready for the 3AM phone call. Now he isn't simply tweaking an existing strategy .... he is starting from scratch.

    He hasn't worked out how to keep America's interests safe and he hasn't worked out how to keep our men and women safe in Afganistan ... but he has found time to show boat in Copenhagen.

    He is such an arrogant man ... thinking that the Olympics needs him directly involved .... when his job is defined by our Constitution as the Commander in Chief .... not chief negotiator for the Olympics committee.

    September 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    There is no dragging your feet here. The government still has not destroyed Bin Laden are the Taliban. Iraq still in a turmoil and again the politicians want to turn and run. REMEMBER, KOREA, SOMALIA, VIETNAM (WORST OF ALL AFTER 58,000 OF OUR YOUNG MEN WERE DEAD ALL FOR NOTHING). Now your asking again that we turn tail and run. Do you think or believe that any foreign country would have reason to fear our might. IRAN A GOOD EXAMPLE. OBAMA IS A JOKE AND THEY KNOW IT. HE ISSUES THREATS OF SANCTIONS AND THEY SHOW THEIR FEAR BY FIRING TWO LONG RANGE MISSLES THAT CAN CARRY WARHEADS 1000 MILES THE NEXT DAY. THIS IS QUITE ENOUGH DISTANCE TO REACH ISRAEL AND HAWAII AND OTHERE COUNTRIES WE'RE OBLIGATED TO. WAKE UP AMERICA. WAR IS HERE AND NOW AND WE NEED TO ANSWER THE CALL AS OUR BRAVE FOREFATHERS DID. NOT WITH ALL THE ILLEGALS AND AFRICAN AMERICAN BROTHERS. WE WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO RISE UP AND TAKE CHARGE AGAIN OF OUR COUNTRY BEFORE THERE IS NO COUNTRY.

    September 30, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Wake Up

    Obama is so inexperienced, and worst thing is, he is so cocky. This presidency is a disaster. Lets get through to 2012

    September 30, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    As a Christian that leans right! I really need to ask other Christians (whether left, center or right), Are you praying from the President? If not you need to start and start right now. Personally, I agree with him politcally on very little, but there are a lot of tough decisions to be made and he needs God's wisdom! Agree with him of not, just pray for him and the leadership of this country!

    September 30, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Sure, the quick response is to commit to more US troops. But the more thoughtful response is to have a NATO alliance, not just US troops but an international force.

    I side with thoughtfulness, not quick trigger. If I wanted quick trigger, I would've voted for McCain.

    September 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. kas

    Yet another example of the incompetence of this administration. More important to discuss the Olympics in Chicago movement with Oprah than to attend to important business. At least while in Copenhagen he has to say something positive about the US...a first for him.

    September 30, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Kate in SW Fla

    Let's not do it the Republican way this time, OK? "Stay the Course" no matter what happens on the ground. THAT is the kind of mindless neocon mentality that lead us to this debacle in the first place.

    September 30, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Every

    I am amazed at how REPUGLICANS WILL JUMP SO FAST TO SUPPORT A WAR EFFORT, WHICH WILL COST AMERICAN LIVES AND POSSIBLE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE LONG RUN! BUT, NOT REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM, THAT WILL INSURE UNINSURED AMERICANS, WHICH WILL SAVE LIVES! They are also fast the in demanding an apology, and comparing Grayson's comments to Joe Wilson's "you lie" at the president! This typ[ical of repuglicans comparing apples and oranges! This is the republican spin at work again! The repuglicans have not apologize for all the racist, incendiary, and hostile rhetoric at their rallies and protest against President Obama yet! Their attitude was supporting free expresssion and speech! I think if you didn't support these incediary, hostile and racist comments, you would have condemned the rhetoric, while supporting the rights of free speech! REPUGLICANS ARE HYPOCRITES, LIARS, AND ONLY LOVE THE RICH AND AFFLUENT OF AMERICA!

    September 30, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. shoegazer

    If one choses to look into the history of Afghanistan,one would realize
    that there will be no victory to this ill-advised conflict.Prolonging it will only cost more lives,on both sides,to be lost in its futility.

    September 30, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. seebofubar

    OBAMA in Nigerian means "no-nards". What a pathetic fool, putting our future safety at risk to appease left wing liberal pansies. How in the world did we ever elect such a worthless lump of flesh.

    September 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. ran

    I believe President Obama said he would "listen" to the military not be dictated by them.

    So far he has done what has to be done and I expect he will continue to do what is the right thing ;unlike Bush et al whose only solution was bomb bomb. If Bush had stayed out of Iraq this war would have been over by now.

    September 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. seebofubar

    It's a sad day when the French have more courage than the American President. The worst part is that if we impeach the clown the next in line is Jokin Joe and then the Wicked Witch of the West. How did things get this screwed up?

    September 30, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Cliff

    A shame the LIBS can't admit they elected Obama who isn't qualified for anything! Come on, folks. Other than "antagonize people" what has HE EVER DONE?
    No WORKING job history.
    The list is endless as far as what he has never done.
    Now what would you expect when it comes to the serious matters of America?
    Now, YOUR AND YOURS will get to pay for his "change" and I can only hope we can hold things together "over there" until we can dump his sorry allah behind!

    September 30, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Impeach the Joker

    OBUMMER is incompetent. The new "American Idol" star is finding it is a lot different to be in charge vs sitting on the sidelines, campaigning and giving rah rah speeches.

    Impeach Obummer Now.
    Get the JOKER out of the white house

    September 30, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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