WEST POINT, New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he was setting a timetable for the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan to raise pressure for progress.
In announcing the deployment of 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, Obama said he rejected the option of committing more forces for an undefined mission of nation-building without any deadlines.
"I reject this course because it sets goals that are beyond what we can achieve at a reasonable cost, and what we need to achieve to secure our interests," Obama said. "Furthermore, the absence of a timeframe for transition would deny us any sense of urgency in working with the Afghan government. It must be clear that Afghans will have to take responsibility for their security, and that America has no interest in fighting an endless war in Afghanistan."