December 1st, 2009
06:26 PM ET
8 months ago

Just In: Key Obama speech excerpts released

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(CNN) – The White House just released excerpts of President Obama's prime-time televised speech where he will outline his strategy on Afghanistan.

(Read excerpts after the jump)

"The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 – the fastest pace possible – so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans."

"Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what's at stake is not simply a test of NATO's credibility – what's at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common security of the world."

"Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan's Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government – and, more importantly, to the Afghan people – that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country."


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  1. james

    I voted for Barack because I thought he was smarter than this and that he meant what he said about ending unnecessary warfare. I am dissapointed and he has lost my vote. This could be the beginning of the end for Obama. There is no winning in Afghanistan. We cannot afford to do this any longer. That's the message I heard from the American people last year.

    December 1, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Okay, Let's Do It

    Yes, yes, I'm all for it, anything to get our soldiers home and move on with our lives.

    December 1, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. German,Irish American

    So, after almost 11 months, he finally makes a decision, and the decision is to follow the recommendations Bush left him on Afghanistan, what a true, "intelligent" decision he has made. But, it will be absoulutely laughable and entertaining listening to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, spin the speech to make it look like Obama is taking "unprecedented" action in the "War on Man Made Hostilities." But the real fun will be watching Katie Couric on CBS giving herself self-induced sexual satisfaction while praising her "Messiah", aka- Obama.

    December 1, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Irene Miscione

    I am waiting anxiously to hear what our President has to say. I think it is wrong for pundits and politicians to call this "Obama's war". When will Americans both Republicans and Democrats alike acknowledge that we were led into this mess by a Republican administration who lied and sent thousands of young men and women into harm's way simply because that had to prove America's "power". Now Obama has to clean up this mess, along with all the others. This is exactly what he promised to do during his campaign. I think all Americans need to take a breath and listen to what this President has to stay. Another piece of advice I would give to everyone is to change the channel everytime they see Cheney and company on TV. While Cheney may be a strong politician, he is the poorest excuse of a human being this country has seen in many years. We had 8 years of fear and control. Enough is enough.
    Let's put all this nonsense aside and pray for a speedy end to this mess.
    Irene M.

    December 1, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. This is THE WAR PRESIDENT........

    Is this the change you voted for? If so, you must feel violated.

    December 1, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Jacque Bauer

    Obama and Pelosi use jets to get around ALL the time – for public AND personal use – and at OUR expense. And what about AlGore - Mr. Environemental Scam Artist in his private jet and 40,000 sq ft house? So why the issue with Palin using one for her own business which is paid for privately??!

    It's hysterical how the loony libs look at the world...!

    December 1, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Enomayo Augustine

    I think what Obama has don is very correct, we can not withdraw troops out of Afganistan now if we can´t put the war to an end , end insurgency and make the place secure for the people. We can only garvanize this process if there are more troops there to help bring about this change in Afganistan, then we can start to withdraw our troop back , although this is going to cost more money, it is the only solution. No one can blame Bush or Obama for this. It is a war that we have to fight and now we must bring it also to a SUCCESSFUL END.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    December 1, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Mike in TX

    Thank GOD for Mr Obama. He really has our interests in mind, not just lining his pockets like Repubs. OBAMA-BIDEN 2012

    December 1, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. charles sweeley

    I think it is important to ask
    President Obama why it is impportant to "win". Just what is it we are "winning"?

    December 1, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. Promises Promises

    Except, Obama has no additional numbers to announce from another country willing to send troops.

    Why couldn't he do this from the Oval Office instead of always seeking an opportunity to exploit others to make a campaign photo op out of every decision?

    December 1, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    the liar in chief will soon find that even Nato will not believe his lies and our heroes will be in more jeporady. SHAME

    December 1, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Phiev Tong Him

    It is not easy to have a war in one country. where is human rights? what is human rights? Obama is too young to be president of the United States. Some Americans are clever, but the majority is stupid.

    I estimate that time line is not successful, it takes more time to win in Afga. Take the VN experience into account.

    December 1, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. JD

    Oh boy. I can't wait to hear the next vacuous statements from the teleprompter-in-chief.

    I wonder how long 0bama dithered to come up with these latest waffling statements?

    December 1, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Barack of Batesville

    There is an old saying, "If you do not stand behnd or troops, please feel free to stand in front of them". Mr Obama needs to realize it was just a saying, looks like he wanted to make sure he stood in front of them to give himself they credabilty that the troops deserve. There is also the short story of Russian leaders and the two letters they leave behind in the office. It is time to quit using that first letter and start thinking about the advice in the second letter

    December 1, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. bawana

    well i am against war,,,seen what it does to people and families,,but i understand what has happened,,,andf i am sure obama doesn',t want to do it,,,but,,we need to go in there and do it right this time to save face from the previous admins obivious lack of good judgement on just about everything except profit for themselves and there cohorts,,it's ashame,,,that means more people die,,hopefully they will get bin-laden this time,,,hopefully we will be able to help re-build afghanistan like we are suposed to do and set things right

    December 1, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    I suspect that the Founding Fathers would weep with rage if they could see that their dream of a democratic republic created for the perennial freedom of their citizens has morphed into a sad, deeply discouraging embire-building parody that makes a very select few wealthy while steadfastly avoiding serving in the military. The deaths of loyal soldiers and innocent civilians alike seem inconsequential to those touting "democracy" from the safety of their taxpayer subsidized comfort zones.

    December 1, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    great speech, this president tells the truth .. makes me again proud to be a citizen in our nation with a honest president to lead us forward out of the lies and threats of the past administration. and getting our country on track in every problem from peace to back to work americans .. again I am proud to have voted for Mr. Obama :)

    December 1, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
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