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. Teknarik

    I don't understand why Mr. Obama is hoping that UN or NATO, a joke organizations, are going to assist in day-to-day operations in Afganistan. Cmon now, we all saw how they handled Lebanon after the war with Israel. Did they stop re-arming by Hezbollah? Did they confront them at all?! I dont think so. Mr. President, please have a reality check, its time to come down to earth and realize that you need to rally behind your own people, not appease tyrant leaders of other countries. Show your strength, do it for you, do it for us, do it for all USA!

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I guess this one is to shut up (again) all those yelling about the Prez going on a 24-hour trip to Coppenhagen to try and get us the Olympics. who would've thought that he would meet with his military personnel before leaving the country. Boy talk about prioritizing and executing! This type of irrational behaviour just goes to show how poorly executed the office of the Presidency was in previous administrations. It would further confirm that the previous occupants could ONLY handle one thing at a time in between vacationing. And what they did handle was poorly executed at best. I'm getting the good change I voted for thank you.

    September 30, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Manny

    Obama is too busy running off to Denmark to try to sell Chicago to the Olympic Committee and re-pay his political cronies back home. What a poor excuse for a leader!

    September 30, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Gotta love the armchair generals in the GOP who come here yapping like war in Afghanistan is no different than their discussion of Sunday afternoon football strategery. "Just bomb 'em." "Bog gov't bad, huge military good." And don't forget the obligatory Geico commercial during each commercial break. Yeah...war...so easy a caveman can do it.

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Mike Syracuse, NY

    In a 60 Minutes interview with the commanding general in Afghanistan he reported that Obama had spoken with him exactly once in the last 70 days. Whatever happened to listening to input from the experts on the ground? The White House also pressured the general to NOT ASK for more troops so Obama wouldn't have to make a decision. He's still trying to vote 'present'. This man drags out a decision while our troops die to go off and hustle for the Olympics.

    September 30, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. AK

    This is a tough decision. May God guide my President and THE PRESIDENT of all THESE UNITED STATES! including the fools here talking absolute nonsense!!

    September 30, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. WIll 18E

    Obama order 17,500 more troops to Afghanistan in feb.2009. Also 10,000 more in July 2009. Then Secretary Gate"s August 66 page report called for 40K more by Jan 2010. Gen McKinley only wants 30K.
    Thus the commander in Chief had to review the current policy he inherited. Lastly, on the Sunday morning talk shows, Sept. 27. Secretary Gates said the policy in Afghanistan was "to fight a holding pattern."
    Of course Obama has to get involved for the policy was NOT to fight a war and not win, but to sustain holding policy. This was the Bush policy.
    Smells like Hallaburton.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Robin

    We need to win in Afganistan, plain and simple. If we don't, we could be attacked again. I for one, do not wish to see that.

    Please Obama, grow some and give your generals what they need. Perhaps a phone call every now and then would be nice too. But only if it doesn't interfere with your apologies and olympic tour.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Anita Rauch

    I think this is a very difficult decision for the President. You people calling him the Messiah, Hitler, etc. would need to walk in his shoes over something as serious as this. There are people who do not want anymore troops sent there. Then there are people who want a surge. He has to listen to the generals and the public since sending more troops mean more casualties. It is easy to sit at a computer typing ugly names but it is not easy to make the hard decisions he has to make.

    September 30, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. W l Jones

    One great General said less invade Russia the president you got to be kidding. More troop will not solve anythink only time will solve that debacle in that area.

    September 30, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Mike

    This was nobamas war when he was running for President, as he said Iraq was not worth fighting for only Afghanistan was what was important. Now unfortunately he is in the White House and he does not want to fight the war but play games where our soldiers will pay the price for his holding up troop deployments. He cannot even act like a Command-in Chief. This demorat government cannot get anymore pathetic. Our allies shake their heads over nobamas ineptness and our enemies laugh at him and are glad we do not have a real President.

    September 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Mike

    Even the President of France is shaking his head at nobamas lack of ability. What does this tell the American People. Winds of change are blowing and happily they are increasing to gale force winds for 2010 and 2012.

    September 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Leftie

    "Obamessiah seems to care more about who gets the olympics than he does about us in the military."

    Oh shut up! First of all, he wants AMERICA to get the Olympics . . . remember, America??? The country YOU LIVE IN, moron??? It would be a great boon for our country . . . millions of jobs, starting almost immediately AND it should be a great source of pride for all Americans! Even the idiots should be patriotic enough to know that sponsoring the Olympics would be a great thing for this country!

    Secondly, I know it's hard for all of you Bush-loving-extemist-nut-jobs to fathom, but our current POTUS is smart and capable of doing more than one thing at a time! Unlike Bushie who spent MONTHS on vacation while our young men and women died in a war that he lied to take us into!

    September 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Brian

    Obama always said the fight was in Afghanistan. Now that the fight is there, will Obama listen to the generals who are there, who he trusts and respects? Or will Obama fold under the pressure to continue the fight and leave those soldiers there without the necessary recources to protect the lives there and the soldiers there? It's always easy to throw out citicism when you are not in charge, however it is time for Obama to step up to the plate.

    September 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. gd

    don,t make the same mistake that was made in the 80,s hit and run if the taliban take back afganistan the last 8yr,s will be for nothing

    September 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Obama 2.0

    He will make the right choice ;)

    September 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Libshavenoballs

    To not be in constant contact with your head Afghanistan general is nothing more than dereliction of duty which our so-called commander in sheep [chief} deserves to be court martialed. Plain and Simple.

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. KATHLEEN

    I respect Obama for "listening" to the people that know.
    Different opinions is important here. Not a "snap decision"
    for a Pres. to make before "a plan." Bussh made "quick, unreliable
    decisions on two wars and that was not popular.

    I love and care about our troops in harms way.

    Peace! Please!

    How do you fix the mess Bush made in the last
    8 years?????? Bush's decisions were fast and rash!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Dan, TX

    My friends, Obama is anut-case. He does not know which side to look and which side to go. Inexperience at its best. American, how can you elect such person to be commander-in-chief. He doe snot even have guts to talk to the commander in Afghanistan. If at all he does, what he can talk to him. He does not know ABC of the battlefield. After all he has been just a community organizer backed by ACCORN and all thugs.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. Rob

    It's beginning to look like Obama wants to show Russia how to REALLY lose in Afghanistan.

    I'm sure Obama will make a decision once Pelosi, Ayers, and the rest of his puppet masters tell him what to do. Oh wait, forgot a step. Once they tell him what to do he has to check and see what the mindless kool-aid drinkers would think of it. All the while, good soldiers die while waiting on his indecision.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. KATHLEEN

    THINK AMERICA, THINK!

    Would you rather quick, fast decisions, instead of well-thought out
    decisions when it comes to our troops lives?????

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Farrell in Houston

    Thank God we have a thinking President who won't buckle under Republicans whose only objective is for President Obama to fail. He won't fail and he will do the right thing to stop the money hungry Republicans from continuing to capitalize on war.

    September 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Chris D.

    The President is an intelligent, leader, who I respect for not having knee jerk reactions to every decision........It's hilarious to see pundits, and laymen alike come up w/ what the President should do, say, and even what he feels, before the president actually makes any decision, or comment on the matter at hand. I do believe Obama will give his hand appointed General, what he's requesting, after taking much council from all his military advisors, Sec. Gates, CentCom Gen. Patreaus, (outside advice from)Col. Powell, and Sec. Clinton.
    We already know what the GOP would do.......I enjoy a President who will come to the table and make his case, after touching on differing scenarios.......
    Obama 2012!!!

    September 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Republicans = Scumbags

    Aww poor baby Republicans got their feelings hurt by this comment?! I would have thought the American Taliban aka right-wing conservatives would have a little thicker skin seeing as how they want to go to war with everyone all the time. All this does is prove that Republicans are nothing more than a southern regional party and will be voted out in 2008 just like they were in 2008. They don't care about this country, They don't care about Americans, they only care about serving their corporate masters and winning elections. Pathetic.

    September 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "If we don't, we could be attacked again."

    If we do win in Afhganistan, we could still be attacked again. It's called reality. Care to join us?

    September 30, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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