November 20th, 2009
08:09 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to unveil new Afghanistan strategy after Thanksgiving, source says

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will not announce a new Afghanistan war strategy until after Thanksgiving, a senior administration official said Friday.


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  1. southerncousin

    The teleprompter must be taking off for the holiday or Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro have not given their opinion yet. We (rather ACORN and the unions) installed an idiot for president to match the idiots in Congress.

    November 20, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. sherry

    Finally a President who think's situation's out and doesnt just shoot from the hip like Bush and his happy gun toting friend's

    November 20, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  3. Jon

    GOP is to blame for the crippled economy! We all know how it got this way, we just do not know when or how it will be fixed.

    November 20, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    But is obama going to make his decision after this Thanksgiving or after Thanksgiving 2012?

    November 20, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. SLM

    What happened to the 20th? Heck why not wait until after Christmas. How many months has this Naive man been dragging this out. What a weak country we have become...........and the rest of the world knows it. Next time people, vote with your brain and look at the facts. Obama is way too inexperienced for this job and he made promises he KNEW he could never keep, yet you fell for it.

    November 20, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Jon

    How can the recession be blamed on Democrats? The GOP was in charge for 8 years leading up to the recession. The recession began under their watch, not the Dems. The Dems just have not found a way to fix the economy yet.

    November 20, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. I pay my taxes

    Shame on Obama! Hard to imagine a worse Commander in Chief than Obama. The longer he dithers and ignores his own generals, the worse the conditions become for our troops.

    November 20, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. victim of republican greed

    The wingnuts will condemn Obama for not putting more troops in harm's way immediately, to support the corrupt Kharzai regime. Yet these very same morons think it was all right for the former president start an unnecessary war that cost the lives of over 4000 of our finest, and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

    November 20, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Jim in Florida

    Great – maybe Obama will travel to Colorado and "unveil" his policy surrounded by Greek columns.

    Obama will "unveil" his policy. Almost like CNN is referring to a Monarch vice a President.

    Can't wait to see the results of this "unveiling". I am sure the military that is getting picked off in Afghanistan can't wait either.

    Obama lies.
    Americans die.

    November 20, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Tina

    President Procrastination's next announcement will be that he is postponing the decision untill after Christmas and New Years Day.

    He will just keep delaying the decision from one holiday until the next one.

    November 20, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    I sure wish he had taken his time and been so thoughtful in his deliberations on the wasteful stimulus package he rushed through and the bailouts of the Auto companies and banks!!! Amazing that he is considered smart and thoughtful for deliberating so long on the troops. I guess we can assume that he was pretty stupid earlier on is his administration since he rushed those policies through....

    November 20, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Johnny DC

    America to unveil new Presidential strategy after 2012, America says.

    November 20, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Biased

    And then can we presume that some other question will need to be investigated or studied and we will be told that he will announce his decision after Christmas?

    November 20, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Let's all be thankful that a mixed-race Harvard lawyer who never served in the military is too timid and controlled by his handlers and the generals to do the right thing and withdraw from a civil war among the world's primary suppiers of heroin.

    November 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. George

    Bring them home ASAP. We can not control the 2nd most corrupt government in the world. Let these soldiers protect our borders.
    If they had a decent system, it may be worth staying, but we know they are all drug people.

    November 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. New Yorker

    Well maybe he should pay a surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving day and let them know how much he supports them.

    November 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. K

    I think most Americans at this point realize that what ever the strategy is, that Republicans will oppose and criticize it almost in ROBOTIC fashion.....

    This is really sad, to have elected officials taking a page out of Rush Limbaughs book is disgusting.....

    Oppose the President basically like a pre-programmed computer, the loser's are the American public...

    When you go back and look at the Sonyia Sotomayor situation, the Republicans blasted the pick before they even knew who it was going to be, how pathetic is that.....

    It's obvious that what ever this President does it will be opposed by Republicans...

    With a strategy like this by Republicans, do we as normal Americans really think this is serving the Countrys best interest, or is it serving the best interest of the Republican Party....?

    November 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Dar

    And that could be like June 2010, it is after Thanksgiving folks.

    And why would Odumbo tell us and the people who we are war with what the hell we are going to do???????????

    Wouldn't it be better to tell us that we are nearing the end of the war because of what we did months ago???????????

    This guy is close to being retarded, he has no business being a president, spend, spend, spend and make no decisions that may hurt someones feelings. What a candy ass we put into office.

    November 20, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. New Yorker

    This type of "leadership" is inexcusable. It would be better off for the troops morale if this little news item was not broadcast.

    November 20, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. t22

    Sure, after Thanksgiving, it's not like it's important or anything.

    Maybe he's too busy pardoning turkeys and lighting Christmas trees to actually do something for our troops and our country.

    November 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Silence Dogoode

    Why the wait? If you know what you are going to do just do it. The trophy wife of the democrats can't even go to the bathroom without a photo op and PR. By delaying until he gets just the right lighting behind his overinflated head our people in Afgansitan are in mortal danger. Obama makes me want to puke

    November 20, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. LIP

    The traditional sacrifice of the turkey to insure the future.

    November 20, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Carlos

    No need to hurry obower, we have come to expect this from you.

    November 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Bob in Pa

    why not right now – just do it BO, no need for a press conference.

    November 20, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Gale

    While Obama is eating his turkey in the White House our boys and men are in limbo in Afghanistan. But as all you Obama idolizers say," he is wise by taking his time", tell it to the Marines!!!

    November 20, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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