July 29th, 2009
08:30 AM ET
13 years ago

Request for more troops in Afghanistan likely, source says

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is expected to ask the Obama administration for additional troops and equipment, according to a senior U.S. military official familiar with Gen. Stanley McChrystal's thinking.

The request will be for troops and equipment for conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as more assets to deal with roadside bombs and explosives, said the official, who declined to be identified because McChrystal's request has not been formally transmitted to the Pentagon.

The request could be made in coming weeks after McChrystal completes a "troop-to-task review" to calculate whether there are enough U.S. troops in Afghanistan - and the right mix of troops - to carry out the military's war plan at an acceptable level of risk, the official said.

The review could also lead to a request for additional troops for either combat or training of Afghan forces, but the official emphasized McChrystal has not made a decision on that. The military already has tasked an additional 4,000 troops to train Afghan forces.

The official said McChrystal is likely to submit his recommendations to Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a series of options, with each option having a level of risk attached to it.

"This will start the discussion" within the highest levels of the administration about whether to send a significant number of additional troops, the official said.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I clearly believe this war is ratchening up to be the ultmate fight between good and evil and if more troops on the ground are needed, then so be it. Although this war can be won militarly, the military is definitely needed to hold positions that they capture and keep it under their control. The Afghan people will have to assist in rooting out militants in their villages. As for the roadside bombs, we need more EOD personnel on the ground. As for surveillence, we need more drones in the area.

    July 29, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. you need to bring in some 'people' smart types

    You need Afgan Americans brokering deals and making better in ways that are more appealing than the Taliban

    It can be done

    It is not easy

    It is not clean

    It takes an investment of intellectual capital but we will go no where as long as this stays a war and is not also an investment that the Afgans have something and they stand to lose it (not just their life, but the next step, businesses, homes, mercedes benz, which pre-school to send their kid to)

    as long as we mire in this bomb throwing mindset and cannot win over their minds, we go no where

    July 29, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. christopher

    this is no surprise. for all those that voted for BO thinking the troops would come home. you were WRONG...anyone with any brains saw this transition of troops from Iraq to Afghanistan coming a mile away

    July 29, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Cliff

    Legalize Marajuana and tax it for heath care. California is probably goning to do it for our budget mess.

    July 29, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. gt

    get out now ... this will be obama viet nam....

    July 29, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. TCM

    Merely another area where OBama spouted off about during his election, but fails to have an indepth understanding....the military and our adversaries....Apologizing and kissing their butts didn't work, so now Obama will leave it to the miltary..hmm....

    July 29, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Mr A

    We need to bring the boys and girls home from these illegal and immoral wars.

    July 29, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Hugo

    Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton orchestrates the largest arms sale ever conducted in the free world with India and CNN fails to report any aspect of it! Why are we still sending our young men to the other side of the world to be blown up by roadside bombs? For what? For saving a bunch of religious zealots from themselves? This is now Obama's Vietnam, a non-winnable war with a non-achievable objective, by the way anyone really know our objective?

    July 29, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Larry

    We're accomplishing nothing over there and we never will.

    McChrystal is just another war monger from the Bush administration.

    It's time we see this for what it is. We have threats here at home that need to be dealt with, the biggest being our economic crisis. We're throwing $300 billion/year at these wars and that's good money we could be using to stabilize our economy.

    July 29, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Steve in CT

    Yet another president who never served sending our men and women to their deaths. I think being a veteran should be a prerequsite for running for Commander-In-Chief. That would assure POTUS connecting with what happens when he/she makes the decision to risk lives.

    July 29, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Obama Victim

    it was my understanding Obozo was going to end the war???

    July 29, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. RealityKing

    Obama's ever increasing war in Afghanastan is starting to look a lot like Vietnam.. Got Osama yet!?

    July 29, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Let's pray that our Commander-in-Chief listens to his Generals.

    July 29, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Austen Partrane

    Why are we building up the war in Afghanistan? This is Obama's war, Obama who never even registered for the US draft....He doesn't mind getting young Americans killed and then blame Bush for it. What a loser, Obama!

    July 29, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. LIP

    So, we continue to support Karzai who seems to be on the take with the local poppie growers. That is according to Abdulla Abdulla who is running against him during the upcoming election.
    Bush is criticized for escalating the Iraq war and Obama is now escalating the Afgan war.
    Iraq made a whole lot more sense for establishing a pro west democratic government than the country that supplies the worlds opium needs (right under our noses, no pun intended) and we owe Bush a big hug for making it happen.
    The Afgan war will only work if the United Nations is on board 100%and Pakistan is a willing partner.

    July 29, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Susie

    Mr. Bomba – thought you were bringing our Troops HOME??? Pants on Fire! You are spending more money in your first 8 disastrous months than any other normal man could possibly dream of. Maybe you should tell us why you never VOLUNTEERED for mil8itary service while getting Free Collee Educati0n for 15 years.

    July 29, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. LacrosseMom

    Afghanistan is becoming another Vietnam! The Soviets failed there, and we are not doing any better.


    July 29, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    I like you Mr. President .... but you've got to be a more efficient manager than those that came before you over the past 40 years.

    Because of who you are, you've got to be twice as good so while others may have gotten away with going with their "gut" and a poor plan, you've got to have a very solid plan AND you've got to take the pulse of the situation more frequently to adjust it.

    So what is the answer to these managerial questions ...

    what is our clear objective in Afghanistan?

    What does success look like? How will we measure it?

    What does failure look like? How will we know if we are failing?

    If you pick a coherent, concise SMART objective, and get us out of Afghanistan in 3 years, then you get re-elected.

    July 29, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Tatianna

    Gates said it was time for fresh thinking. He dismissed General McKiernan as the top US and NATO command in Afghanistan and picked McChrystal. McChrystal ran the secretive Joint Special Operations Command from 2003-2008. During that time troops who worked for the command committed abuses according to human rights groups and ACLU. Why didnt Obamas nominee face questions and scrutiny about detainee abuse in Iraq at his confirmation? Common sense wins over the leftwing effort to discredit the US Military

    July 29, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. JonDie

    Bush-Cheney invaded Iraq for the personal gain of their corporate supporters after selling their criminal enterprise to the American people and Congress based on lies about an Al Qaeda-Saddam Hussein link and WMD.

    The "war" in Iraq has cost about $1 trillion, none of which has been counted as "deficit."

    Some 50,000 US soldiers were killed or wounded. And as a consequent of NOT fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, our ability to defeat the people who actually did attack us on 9-11 is gravely in doubt.

    Bush-Cheney's failure to go after bin Laden in Afghanistan is at least as big a crime as Bush's invasion of Iraq, which did NOTHING to protect us.

    Now back to Michael Jackson coverage, 24-7-365.

    July 29, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Jaz in Chitown

    Wow. I thought Obama was going to bring these troops in Afghanistan and Iraq home. I thought he had an exit strategy in place. Well, here is the "change" you can believe in – you liberals voted for another Bush. The only difference is CNN and the other news agencies don't display the death toll in those wars now and the tearm "exit strategy" is not being thrown around.
    Wake up – you've been duped.

    July 29, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Keith in Austin

    To all the Liberal bleeding hearts that voted for Obama for his vows to bring our Troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, just treat this as yet another broken campaign promise. Also remember his promises regarding taxes. "Anyone not earning at least $250 per year will npot see increases. Yeah right Barry! With Stimulous 1 and new talk of Stimulous 2,Cap and Trade, Healthcare reform and host of other liberal tax and spend pork-laden legislation, he is targeting ALL of us to pay for it and his Big Government control of our Country. Wake up and stand up America!

    July 29, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    And where does it stop? the american voter was promised to get out of this war, lies...
    Bring our troops home now! Stop the useless loss of lives!

    July 29, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |