November 25th, 2009
10:27 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama to announce Afghanistan plan Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce the U.S. troop strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

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  1. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    President Obama, this is the way it starts. Then it gets worse. And, then you wonder where your presidency is going and then you wonder where it went. Well, it went where the military wanted it to go. It went away like Johnson's presidency went. Please do not do this. Negotiate with the Taliban. Get to know them and work with them. They are not monolithic. There are dozens of differnet types of Taliban. Don' let the military and gas and energy companies dictate to you.

    Harold Trainer, USAF RET
    Viet Nam Vet

    November 25, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. marlene

    What is there left to announce, since the media has done his work for him already.

    November 25, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. OpenYourMindsAmerica

    I hope that President Obama's plan is to pull out now.

    Republican Paryt new moto – The Party of Smear and Fear

    November 25, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Amazing

    Just what we want..........another Obama prime time press conference. Why bother, all the details have been "leaked". No need for me to waste my time watching Mr. Uh, Uh, Uh stutter for an hour or so.

    November 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Stop the War

    34,000 more toops to Afghanistan, USA refuses to sign International land mine treaty. This is the change America voted for??? Boy, do I feel conned...

    November 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. kevin

    oh yeah great, awesome. wasn't he supposed to decide in August??? Aren't the BRITs real mad at us now over this. Aren't countless american military men and women in danger now that he has taken so long to decide? Quit and go play your basketball Barry, your a disgrace. And you never had any plans, just made a big show out there trying to get elected. Wow, i bet it would be much different if we now had a president with some real experience in politics. Thanks mr. Obama. Have a nice Thanksgiving, while the rest of us go hungry.

    November 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Waiting for 2012 to correct our error

    Why the delay? We already know what he is going to say. Does he really need to interrupt prime time programming for this? This man loves to hear himself speak, but we are tired of him and are counting the days until we can remove this naive and weak individual from power. We realize our mistake and want to correct it.

    November 25, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Strategic thinking takes time and I'd like to thank President Obama for taking his time on this decision. As liberal as I may be, I believe this war must be fought. If the Pakistani Army is doing the job in their country, and if we keep the pressure on in Afghanistan, the Taliban and Al-Queda will be dismantled.

    November 25, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Chris - Denver

    We need a war tax to pay for the plan.

    November 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Pee Wee

    I'm glad we have such an intelligent, distinguished president that takes his time making decisions on important matters. Unlike the previous administration! Yay! Mr. President.

    Now, if we could only get you to be as deliberative about health care and cap-and-trade.

    Where was all of this thoughtfulness and contemplation in the first eleven months of the year?

    November 25, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Hey, whatever happened to all that Iraqi oil revenue that was supposed to pay us back for the war? Just wonderin'. Have a nice day!

    P.S. whatever happened to passing new strict financial regulations? Oh, I see, it's back to business as usual, never mind. I'll bring it up again after the next speculatory crash.

    November 25, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Anon

    He has to go to West Point to make his point? Really. Spend some more tax payers' money for a destination photo op. He couldn't do this from Washington?

    November 25, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Andy Mosney

    Dobbs will make a great politician. He already is showing a knack for talking out of both sides of his mouth. Any credibility he MAY have had was destroyed last year when Amy Goodman (Democracy Now) called him out on all his lies about illegal immigration. He could not back pedal fast enough.

    November 25, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Hrdwrguy

    Those who think we should "send more troops now!" truly believe we can load 34,000 troops and their equipment on a fleet of airplanes and fly right into Afganistan tomorrow morning and wipe out the terrorists. You are not living in the Real world.

    A War Tax must be implimented immediately on ALL Wall Street and War Profiteering Companies who have $$$ for Bonuses and Lobbist's salaries. The Rich must pay for the War, the poor are already paying with their blood.

    November 25, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Saad

    Good luck Mr. President. I know you have inherited this monster of a problem. But I know that whatever decision you make, it will be sincere and perhaps achieve the intended results. Don't worry about the critics. They are just critics. Do what you feel is right. We elected you – we have faith in you.

    November 25, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. John


    another speech....

    Nice work Mr. Prez.... we are talking about this Tuesday, right?

    November 25, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Rob

    So from what I'm hearing, Obumble's Afghanistan proposal looks a heck of a lot like the surge in Iraq that President Bush did. Hmmm, gotta wonder if all the Dems will be blasting this one. You know, Chicken Little Harry Reid standing on the floor of the Senate calling it an utter failure. Pelosi blasting it. Mighty ironic how the very same strategy which he criticized during one of the very few times he actually was doing his job as a senator all of the sudden seems like the best thing to do in Obumbles inexperienced little mind.

    But I'm sure we'll never hear a clear answer from him until his pollsters determine the best time. That's the difference between Bush and Obama. Bush didn't base his decisions on polls or what certain special interests thought. He decided, and did it, and 99.9% of the time he was right.

    Gee, sure miss those days when we had a president who wasn't afraid to make a decision.

    November 25, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. B

    I think this troop increase will be long term trouble for the President.

    We have been down this ugly road before with absolutely no good outcome. Propping up a completely incompetent government that is looked at by its own people as a disgusting joke is not worth lives and treasure.

    They will- bleed us- as they did the Russians.

    November 25, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. ib

    Why can't he make the statement at the WH like the other presidents have done? You would think AF1 is a car the way he runs around in it. I hate to think how many tax dollars this will cost just so he can have another photo op; then he wants cap & trade passed. Hyprocrite.

    November 25, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Don

    Can he do something without campaigning about it !? Or we are now to full four years of campaign stumping on every decision that is finally made ?!

    November 25, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Thomas

    Well, Mr. President, we voted for you because we thought you would bring positive change.

    You have had enough time to consider this issue and I am thankful you took the time to fully look at the options of this issue.

    But now is the time for you to earn your pay. I hope your decision is a wise one. People will remember this decision for a long time.

    November 25, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Mike Syracuse, NY

    About time he manned up.

    November 25, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Matt

    Thanks Mr. President for finally making a decision two months after General Gates asked for more troops and after more of our soldiers have been killed.

    I guess you are missing the days you could vote "Present".

    November 25, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Dar

    Why would you tell the enemy your plans? Wouldn't it be better to surprise them? just a thought.

    November 25, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. diridi

    pres. obama, please stop sending more troops to is enough...didn't we learn from fed Dinners to these India guys...who ever attended dinners, just send them to Afganistan, not American Troops positively...ok....involve India, pakistan, and let them go to Afganistan....fix our health care reform with public option....then tighten Immigration....tom dick and harry comes to Robb our nation...wake up....god bless!!!!!!writer is having masters in law...knows what he is writing....God bless our nation, the USA!!!!amen..

    November 25, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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