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WEST POINT, New York (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that additional troops for Afghanistan will begin deploying in early 2010.
"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," Obama said in a nationally televised speech.
Watch: Obama lays out troop timetable
"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," Obama said. "And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans."
Updated: 8:31 p.m.
I guess he knows more than we can, and should....
The people listening to Obama – can you hardly believe what you are hearing? This man braged about not voting for the war in Iraq and now he is giving every conceivable rationalization and intellectualization using West Point as a prop. Grandiosity, grandiosity, grandiosity. This guy never served a day in his life in the military, but will send other people off to get killed because of his flowery oratory. I wonder what Hillary Clinton really thinks of Obama and if a woman president would have done what Obama is doing – the blood is on his hands and now he joins the ranks of George Bush.
This is how liberals lose wars.
The request was for 40000, not 30000. A real leader would have sent the maximum, not the minimum. Especially when he wants the job done in 3 years....good luck with that.
Thank GOD I'm out of the military. I would NEVER want to serve under this guy
I was a HUGE supporter of Obama during his campaign. I sincerely hoped for change! But there doesn't seem to be any change. This speech is just like all of the others, smokescreens. I didn't buy into all of the emails about him being a Muslim, I was actually offended by those emails that hurt his credibility because of him being Muslim. I totally discounted it as political agendas...... However, did anyone notice that he never looked into the camera except for the moment that he spoke to the Middle Eastern people? OK, he finally looked into the camera for Americans at the end of his speech. Nice touch.
If he cares so much about Afganistan & the troops he is sending there to get killed and maimed, then where was he on Thanksgiving? This guy is all bluster and the blood is on his hands.
Where are the add'l troops coming from. Next we will hear that the draft is making a reappearance.
A picture paints a thousand words. These Cadets show their true confidence in their "leader"...
Must be lighting or something, but the look on the faces of these Cadets is "we are not impressed". Not so sure these future officers see Obama as the kind of leader they wish to follow.
Some shots were focusing on the females. However it will be the males who will be making the sacrifices.
If you send them over there with one arm tied behind their back I wont be surprised. Its hard to lead sitting on a fence. talking out both sides of your mouth.
BLA BLA BLA OBAMA has never told the truth, Ill wait for his actions.
CLIMATEGATE and the ECONOMY CNN you ignore the real stories.
are there any competent Afghan security forces? aren't they all linked to some war lord somewhere?