March 28th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
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Afghan president praises Obama's new war plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Hamid Karzai says Obama's plan has Afghanistan's full support."]

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday praised U.S. President Barack Obama's new plan for the war in Afghanistan.

"He has our full support," Karzai told a news conference. "This was better than what we expected."

Obama unveiled the plan Friday which called for more troops, new legislation, improved troop training and added civilian expertise in the war in Afghanistan.

Obama said the plan would address what he called an "international security challenge of the highest order."

Obama said the "situation is increasingly perilous" in the region in and around Afghanistan, where the United States has been fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban for more than seven and a half years after it was attacked in New York and at the Pentagon.

Obama said he is sending another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan along with hundreds of civilian specialists, such as agricultural specialists, educators and engineers.

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  1. Steve (the real one)

    Afghanistan is a totally different animal! The former Soviets (who fought cruelly and without the rule of war) got their butts kicked in 10 years! We Americans generally fight within the rules of law, despite the lies of John Kerry! The problem is we may have a harder time there than in Iraq because we are not wanted there. At least in Iraq, the people grew tired of their dictator! In Afghanistan, we really don't know who the enemy is nor do we know where they are! In the day time the taliban looks like everyone else!

    Mari, I know you hate Bush but if he did not respond at all you would STILL be complaining. Obama is sending snother 4000 troops to Afghanistan! Are you angry at that? I can't tell from your blog!

    March 28, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Felonious Monk

    Karzai is an ex oil company executive hand picked by the Bush Admin to ensure the flow of, you guessed it, oil.

    The entire "war" in Iraq is about latching on to those oil reserves. An American company is getting their hands on that oil for the first time in 38 years.

    Our permanent bases in Afghanistan are right along the oil pipeline that moves oil out of the "stans."

    We, the American governemt ie Bush, was duped into doing the bidding of oil companies. We are fighting a war to provide them with a product, or access to a product.

    March 28, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Zion

    @ Matt B

    Bush would never try to attack a country where we did not have an economic interest. He (Bush) only ignored the people who murdered Americans on 9/11 in the name of oil.

    March 28, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Peter (CA)

    Hey Matt B-

    No one was outraged about Afghanistan. That is where we should have been. The outrage is over Bush (1) not finishing the job and letting the Taliban come back and (2) taking his eye off the ball so he could take care of his daddy issues in Iraq.

    March 28, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    We will see – Obama and his superlatives – "highest", "biggest" "most" we have yet to see if the results match the grandiosity. And another thing about Obama – he's not so much as a leader as he is a political engineer. Engineering his way through the Presidency.

    March 28, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Elsee in CA

    The 9/11 attackers were SAUDIS, not Iraqis or Afghanistan citizens, nor Iranians, or any of the other groups who are now labeled groups who are so-called "enemies." WHEN WILL THE MEDIA GET THIS RIGHT? How many weapons did we sell to the Saudis last year? How much money was made by American munitions corporations? FOLLOW THE MONEY, STUPID. NOT THE LIES ABOUT THE WAR.

    March 28, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. obama/biden '12

    Not fighting isn't an option...we have to combat terrorism

    March 28, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. tyree

    If anyone followed the campaign, this is exactly what President Obama said that he would do. Go watch his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention. He said he would withdraw from Iraq and put the main emphasis back on Afghanistan where these terrorist that knocked down our towers are. The UK has already said they will send more troops and Russia has stated they will also help in some form with Afghanistan. This plan will work and Al- Queda will be toast. The pieces are on the chess board, now all we have to do is execute.

    March 28, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Wanda in FL

    People of our country died on 9-11 and we have a duty to go after Bin Laden and bring him to justice. At least we are going to the right country this time.

    March 28, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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