November 24th, 2009
09:05 AM ET
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Afghanistan decision to come within days, White House says


The president met with key advisors in the White House Situation Room Monday night. (White House photo)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will announce within days whether he will send more troops to Afghanistan, the White House said after he met with his national security team Monday night.

"After completing a rigorous final meeting, President Obama has the information he wants and needs to make his decision and he will announce that decision within days," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

The U.S. commander on the ground has asked for more troops and Republicans have criticized Obama for the drawn-out consideration process. The White House has defended its timetable, saying the president wants to get the decision right, not fast.

Monday's meeting, which ended at 10 p.m., included Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry and other senior officials.

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  1. sniffit

    This guy is a clueless idiot. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    November 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. big papa

    Please Mr. President...

    ...Don't let the inbred confederate traitors...

    ...Dick Cheney and his treasonous conservative ilk...

    ...goad you into a mistake...

    ...LEAVE Afghanistan...

    ...$1 million dollars per soldier, somebody is STEALING!

    ...Cheney and Bush should be tried for theft and treason, and justice meted out to them...

    November 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Let's get ready conservatives!

    If he puts in more troops - HE's WASTING OUR MONEY!

    If he pulls out troops - HE's LOST THE WAR!

    If he does nothing – HE's DOING NOTHING!

    Excellent. No matter what is done – OBAMA IS AN EVIL SOCIALIST WHO HATES AMERICA!

    November 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Palin Power

    In 4 years, that will be a picture of President Palin and her all white woman cabinet. Palin will drive all men young and old OUT of government.

    November 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    The GOP complains and criticizes President Obama for taking time to discern about the Afghan war. Those war mongers posting here, should all volunteer to go fight this senseless war!

    IF we continue this EIGHT YEAR war, then we need to consider fighting in Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, etc. Terrorists are in all these countries. Soon we will not have enough Troops to fight.

    Bush took 3 months to decided on the surge in Iraq. But the far-right wants Obama to make a quick decision. Hypocrisy never ends.

    The majority of Americans, 62%, see the war in Afghanistan as another Vietnam. We must withdraw, because eventually we will withdraw. We need the trillions being spent on the Bush Wars here at home!

    November 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |

    president only been in office less than a year -– everybody in the united states knows it takes time to get thing right -- after all it bush 43 that got the united states in this mess ---- for those who are doing all the complaining maybe the united states should have went into a deep recession and then just maybe some of you would appreciate the things you do have and the things you still can do--- everybody is complaining but no one has extended a hand to help the president out --- including the republicans - oh and by the way sarah palin wouldn't have did a better job either remember she quit her job ----- and for the one's that are trying to be smart SPELL THE PRESIDENT'S NAME CORRECTLY------------–

    November 24, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    OMG – A president who T H I N K S. It does take some getting use to.

    November 24, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Doug

    Photo ops is all we get anymore, all the way to china to film him on the wall for the next campaign. We should own that wall by now thanks to wal-mart. President Obama has been thinking for over 90 days to get a national press conference out of this. When he salutes the teleprompter, that is the signal that he is now in charge, no change here, hope left too.

    November 24, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. question

    how many of you voted for these wars in the beginning? our troops are coming home!!!!

    November 24, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. terry,va

    Okay. Give me a show of hands on who wants to have more meetings. Okay, who wants to cut and run? Okay, who wants to do as the Generals want? Okay, who was in charge of ordering the Chinese food. When do we eat? I developed a taste for their food while I was in China. That rickshaw hat was pretty cool too. Looks like the more meetings group won. Meeting adjourned.

    November 24, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Jeremiah

    Can't wait! What is this, like the 99th dumb decision that is likely to come from the White House in the last 9 years? When are we going to have an actual competent president again? I wonder what that's like. Bush couldn't even speak English properly and now we have Obama, who when the economy or something is going bad, tries to distract us with focusing our attention on things like health care. Nice. Another fool in the White House, what's new.

    November 24, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Vietnam Vet.

    I just enjoy reading the pundits from these arm chair war mongers, the majority of whom have never actually fought in a war or even served except in a video game, If you leave it up these knuckle heads, just send the troops, we will figure it out when we get there. The President is doing exactly what he should be doing, before sending these outstanding young men and womens into a hostile enviroment, take his time, make the generals give him a plan for wining and an exit plan not a maybe if we do this plan.

    November 24, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Brian from NJ

    The reason Obama is taking so long on this is because it will be HIS decision and if it turns out to be a bad one he won't be able to blame Bush for it... up until now he and his administration have taken zero responsibility for anything and have had a group of adoring followers in the MSM shelter him from real criticism... but the "Just Blame Bush" days are over and not even his best friends in the media will be unable to protect him if his ideas on Afghanistan don't work.

    That said, for our soldiers sake, our President's sake, and the sake of America, I pray that whatever he comes up with works and we can get out of that abyss called the Middle East... enough already... I am tired of us sending young Americans to their deaths in a land where all they know is violence.

    November 24, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Tina

    I wonder which one in the picture will be blamed by Obama if Afghanistan plan will not work? Hillary? Who else? Bush is not in the table, so he is out. Hmm.. Wait 'till things go wrong and Obama will start pointing finger to either of this one.
    I prefer Bill Clinton because he never played the "blame" game. He is more mature than Obama.

    November 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. BCO

    For those of you who think he has never made a decision on Afghanistan, remember that he has already ordered 21,000 extra troops more than the previous administration. He did that right after taking office.

    And also remember, once they are deployed, when do they come home? Without a plan, they are there forever and if and when they are withdrawn, it looks like a defeat.

    Also, it costs approximately $1 million per soldier per year to be in Afghanistan. So, for an additional $40 billion per year of your tax money, we can have an additional 40,000 troops in country.

    November 24, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Tim

    It seems to me that Biden is the only one who can look at the president without a look of bewilderment on their face. Every else just repeating to themselves "how did this happen".

    November 24, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. eddie

    another photo opt.... Get out of the war and think of americans lives saved, especially others that are not minorties. Because that is what is being sent out to war from the services. I suggest sending all the illegals, why shoud we support the illegals and give them citizenship per Obama. then entitlements??? Obama should think about the lost jobs to NAFTA and how to bring the jobs back to the US...Now he is having a state dinner with his Hollywood persons who gave campaign money to him, how sad...

    November 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Mark Mongera

    President Obama should bring the troops home. There is no war in the world. What there is, just a group of invisible people who can not be fought by the military. A well organised under cover intelligece will
    break up this groups, catch or kill their leaders. The billions of dollars
    that is wasted to fight invisible enemies will be useful , if for example this money is given to Afghans or iraqis who may provide some secrets about this terror groups. Sending more soldiers to arms way is like committing suicide. I very much foresee more coffins being brougt back to helpless parents. Soldiers shall never capture bin Laden but the people of the world will. So use the people.

    November 24, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    I am a supporter of President Obama and while I am glad he has finally made up his mind what to do about Afghanistan, I hope he realizes that rebuilding a government and a nation that was not there in the first place is not our task. I hope he considers that if any rebuilding is going to be done it should be here in America. We need to rebuilding our own country first and not worry about other countries until we are cool in our own homes. We need to stop spending our money to bribe people that only want us there so they can take our bribe money.

    Bring it all home Mr. President and bribe us here at home. Put the money into our country and jobs, tax breaks jobs, jobs, health care, the homeless, education and our infrastructure. If we spend it here at home we will create more business that will in turn create more jobs to make and sell items we will buy with our own money and not with borrowed money from China.

    November 24, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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