November 11th, 2009
04:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama considering 4 options for Afghanistan, sources say

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is considering four scenarios to move forward in Afghanistan, and was expected to discuss them at Wednesday's eighth meeting with his war council, sources told CNN.

The meeting in the White House Situation Room was to continue evaluating how best to carry out the mission in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, told CNN beforehand.

Petraeus provided no specifics on options under consideration, but said the process is approaching completion.

"I think we are indeed nearing a decision on this very important topic," he said.

Though the options under consideration are not being spelled out, one is fairly well-defined.

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Updated: 4:31 p.m.


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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "when President Obama will show some leadership and make the tough decisions without waiting for the political polls to provide the answer."

    The polls are already providing a pretty clear answer. The majority wants us out of Afghanistan. That's not really in debate, so if what you said was actually true, he'd have told McChrystal to go stuff his letter where the sun don't shine within a week or so of receiving it. Tough decisions aren't made on the advice of just one person...nor are they made quickly when you're trying to decide whether to leave 60,000 some odd troops in a dangerous foreign country in the first place or to add another 40,000 to the mess. Leadership is not letting your Generals run the show by dancing you around like an uncritical puppet...it's telling them you appreciate their input and making sure you get input from many other sources so you can make the best decision regarding the lives of those men and women, our goals in that mission and the strategies for reaching them.

    November 11, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. ICARE

    Look, the only place on earth that we need to send troops into and gut teerorists out are, the regions of Pakistan. If we do that, we dont have to deal with Afghanistatn..

    Let Afghan fight for themselves.

    November 11, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. joe m

    i don't know what to say. careful consideration is one thing, but to stall on such a decision for over 2 months? this hesitance is engendering an increasing loss of confidence in the president's ability to govern.

    November 11, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Meka

    Whatever, President Obama decide's to do . . . It Will Be In the Best Interest of ALL CONCERNED !

    November 11, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Jerome

    Bring them home.

    November 11, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Regardless of opinion as to whether or not we should have gone in, we are in now. As such, we must finish what we have started. If more troops are required to accomplish that quicker with less loss of life, so be it.

    Of course, we want a thought through decision, but we can't be deciding forever. The generals know how this stuff works, and have experience in it. Their opinions and reccommendations deserve great weight.

    Extensive delaying in making a decision is a side effect of inexperience (although intentions may be righteous). Likewise, percieved experience leads to decisions made too quickly, without enough thinking through of the situation. What we do need is someone with real experience making relavent decisions. This is one of the reasons why I would prefer that presidents have military experience, the higher the rank the better, as they have held lower ranks as well. People who send troops into battle should have a real good feel for just what it is that they are doing. Not an attack on the current administration so much as the lawyer breed of politicians in general.

    November 11, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. A. Smith

    When the links to the American CIA and the cheap Heroin that is flooding Russia and the world from Afghanistan have been made and exposed, What Options does America have in regards to Afghanistan?

    The gig is up!

    Puppet Afghanistan President Karzi wouldn't last a single week in Afghanistan after the American troops pull out, American Taxpayers will likely pay for his lavish exile in some exotic location for the rest of his life.

    How many brave American men and women have died and been horribly wounded so that CIA could flood Russia with cheap Heroin?

    A. Smith
    Oregon

    November 11, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Harry S.

    As a Libertarian I would like to know from the Democrat Liberals 3 questions.

    1. When will the Obama administration be responsible for their actions and quit blaming the Bush administration?

    2. If the Healthcare, that they want for Americans, is so good why are the Government people (Senate, Congress, House of Representatives, and the President and Vice President) exempt from it.

    3. For all of the voters for Obama – Aren't you glad that you voted in a person from Chicago that likes that style of Government that thinks bigger is better? Does the name Daily ring a bell?

    November 11, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Angela

    I'm with the Vietman Vet at 5;16 pm. You want more troops going to Afghanistan, sign up and go yourself. Stop volunteering other people's children to die so you can use the President's thoughtful decision making for your own political gain. By the way, Vietnam Vet at 5;16 pm.... May God always bless you and I hope you had a wonderful Veteran's Day.

    November 11, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Mike

    I hope the plan is. Send the forty thousand troops. Hurt the taliban bad. Build the Afghan Army. Come home in five years.

    November 11, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. mark

    Ridiculous, make a decision and help the troops already there...

    November 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    It's been said by our military and politicians that we need to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqis and Afganis. With the President seemingly unable to make a decision that he has known for MORE than 3 months, it has occurred to me that we first need to win Obama's heart and mind in regards to the these wars!

    November 11, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  13. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    You have three choices...Go big, go long or go home! PICK ONE, for crying out loud!!!

    November 11, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Please stopr censoring...thx S Callahan

    Where there is no guidance the people fall , but in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14

    Praying for you Mr. President

    November 11, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Obama has been given the facts since the day after he became President-elect. If he can figure out what to do to stimulate the economy in a few weeks (the stimulus), why hasn't he decided on an Afghanistan strategy. He's had a full year. Pretender-in-Chief is a better title for Obama. He certainly lacks any concept of what command really means.

    November 11, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. barry

    fight the war with the cia.....not another 40,000 troops...the economy can not survive a war with that may have no end in sight....end both wars now...

    November 11, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. bj, texas

    We're trusting a community organizer with a decision on a war. What a joke! This country hasn't had a president in almost one year. Instead with have a ditering idiot. Way to go Oblunder!

    November 11, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Ruty

    BRING THEM HOME. The Americams are always sticking their nose where it shouldn't be. BRING THEM HOME.

    November 11, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. strong

    Close the window ... I feel a "draft" coming.

    November 11, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    You know, if former President Bush had actually given any thought to going to war – and not just turned it all over to a bunch of arrogant Chicken Hawks like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz – we probably wouldn't have invaded Iraq in the first place or at least things might have gone better.

    I hope for the sake of our country, our military and the people of Afghanistan, that whatever decision our President makes brings peace to that war-torn nation and brings our soldiers home.

    November 11, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    obama doesnt know how to make a decision.

    November 11, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Wise Latina

    I guess for Obama that Dither, Dither, Dither and Dither are the expected options.

    November 11, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Mike FL

    Don try to tie this in with the troops,they go where they are told to go when they are told to go. As far as marines we want to be there (marine corps infantry) we want to fight no matter what kind of fight it is.....it not about us, its about the commander in cheifs inability to choose a plan and stick to it. We will fight anytime anywhere regardless of what our bielifs are sned us and we will take it, dont drag the troops in to this.

    November 11, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. JES

    When are you going to do something. Sitting on the sidelines is not what a President should do. How long and how many lives will it take before you make a stand.

    November 11, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. NC

    he needs to listen to the generals, they know best.

    November 11, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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