February 17th, 2009
04:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama approves Afghanistan troop increase

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama has approved a significant troop increase for Afghanistan, Pentagon officials told CNN Tuesday.

The new troop deployment is expected to include 8,000 Marines headquartered from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as well as 4,000 additional Army troops from Fort Lewis, Washington. The troops will be equipped with Stryker vehicles able to operate in southern Afghanistan's tough terrain, according to the Pentagon officials.

The Obama administration has been conducting several reviews of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, including a review by Gen. David Petraeus, the commander in the region.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the original mission in Afghanistan was "too broad" and needs to be more "realistic and focused" for the United States to succeed.

"If we set ourselves the objective of creating some sort of central Asian Valhalla over there, we will lose, because nobody in the world has that kind of time, patience and money," Gates said during a recent Senate hearing.

Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    Have a safe trip! Thank you for your sacrifice.

    February 17, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Griff

    I told you yesterday he would. But it will turn out to be Obama's "Jaws". He will get Eaten Alive..

    February 17, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. John

    Finally after 8 years we are going after the people that attacked us on 9/11 instead of going after oil profits.

    February 17, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Just think if the moron Bush hadn't taken us into a needless war into Iraq, American troops would have been able to concentrate on the people who actually caused 911. Now more of our brave men and women who have fought so bravely in Iraq have to be deployed again to the country they should have been in in the first place.

    February 17, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Dylan from MN

    I'm just so tired of war, can't we all just stop and start acting like adults, we don't need kill each other!!!

    February 17, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. frodo

    Iraq=Bush's war

    Afganistan=Obama's war

    Is changing which country we are fighting, the change that Obama was talking about?

    February 17, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Quiney Blevins

    Okay, Mr Know-All, so what's the end game in Afghanistan? You severely criticized Prez Bush for 'not having an end game'. So, what's yours? Resign now.

    February 17, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Noah from Chicago


    February 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Obama did not PROMISE the stimulus package will work.

    He did not PROMISE a certain number of jobs.

    Obama can't keep any promise with the ObstructiPubs and Wall Street doing all they can to destroy him.

    It is up to we the people to support this president.

    Watch the media, also, they will do all they can to trash the president.

    February 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    Good luck, Mr.President. The left-wing will hate you for this.

    February 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Warmonger

    I guess this is Bush's fault too. So Obama is sending MORE young americans into harms way. Not exactly what you voted for, was it???

    February 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. yuri

    That was quick! Let's kick a lot of Taliban tushes.

    February 17, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Obama loves war

    Ok folks, blame GOP in some way and then justify how it is now OK to send troops into harm's way. We know Obama can do no wrong, so start your justifications now.....

    February 17, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. jaye

    Give them 3 months to bomb the hell out of Afghanistan then bring our troops home!!!
    We want these wars to end now!

    February 17, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Retired Army in San Antonio

    A significant troop increase for Afghanistan?!?!?!?

    Better late than never..........

    February 17, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Let the battle begin. I hope we can have more countries involved in the troop increase.

    February 17, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, TX

    LET the hypocrisy begin...this should be good. Of course I am sure that is where we neede to focus all along. I thought the world would love us when we coronated Obama? Why, then, are we sending MORE troops to KILL people?? Hmmm, sounds like the Bush plan.....

    February 17, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Jake

    Good. I'm glad he is staying towards a conservative point of view when it comes to defending our country.

    February 17, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. no corporate politics

    I know he (quietly) mentioned this increase during the campaign, but he shouted Iraq, Iraq over and over to get his sheep to call him anti-war.

    I guess you cannot technically say he lied but c'mon.

    Can I see a show of hands (or hooves) of which sheep still will call him anti-war now. Blowing up villages really gets in the way of the peace process.

    Since becoming commander in chief, he has had at least two missles strikes take place that killed people. We were told the dead were terrorists. Just like Bush..........

    February 17, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Louis

    More hard-earned taxpayer dollars wasted.

    February 17, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    Please, no more helicopters in the sand examples of lib commander's in chief. Sure is scary to serve with a democrook as commander

    February 17, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Patriot Guy

    And you peace freaks thought Obama was going to stop the U.S. war machine. SUCKERS!!!

    February 17, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. wycky

    Please take a brake Mr president. you have already accomplished what Bush did in 8 yrs.

    February 17, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Citizen from NY

    I agree with this one. If we kept our mission in Afghanistan in the first place, and did not get "distracted" by Iraq, we would have caught Bin Laden by now. I did not agree with going into Iraq when we did, we had Sadaam contained and I don't believe he was an imminent threat as Bin Ladin and the Taliban are.

    February 17, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Vietnam Vet

    Big mistake for Obama. The US is waging the war in Afghanistan like we did in Vietnam – half arse. If we truly wanted to win in Afghan we would need 100,000 more troops. The Russian Army had far easier logistics than the US does, and they had over 100,000 troops there for 10 years and could not win.

    Anyone know the name of the famous Afghan Freedom fighter who beat back the Russians with a little help from the US?

    Osama Bin Laden

    If Obama gets pulled into Afghanistan, and fails to execute a real war, this will be his Vietnam, and his undoing. Bad idea

    February 17, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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