November 11th, 2009
04:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama considering 4 options for Afghanistan, sources say

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is considering four scenarios to move forward in Afghanistan, and was expected to discuss them at Wednesday's eighth meeting with his war council, sources told CNN.

The meeting in the White House Situation Room was to continue evaluating how best to carry out the mission in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, told CNN beforehand.

Petraeus provided no specifics on options under consideration, but said the process is approaching completion.

"I think we are indeed nearing a decision on this very important topic," he said.

Though the options under consideration are not being spelled out, one is fairly well-defined.

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Updated: 4:31 p.m.

Filed under: Afghanistan • President Obama
soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Commander in chief is waiting to see what the latest poll shows..

    November 11, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Marie Laveaux

    How cute that the right has learned a new word for their " insult the President list."..dithering. I'l wager most of the haters didn't even know such a word existed until recently, and still don't know what it means. If I were a soldier, like my father, I would want my commander in chief to make the most thoughtful decision possible regarding my life and that of my fellow soldiers, not one based on false bravado. The words "Bring them on", uttered by Bush to the enemy, still rings in my ears.
    I pray that the decision made by the President is based on knowledge and compassion, not testosterone.

    November 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Robin

    Is one of the options, "Close your eyes and hope the terrorists go away?"

    November 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    Yes, he is taking a long time, as opposed to Bush, it only took him ___ years to send more troops to Afghanistan.

    Fill in the blank with whatever you want, because he never made a decision. He accomplished the mission before he even sent troops there.

    November 11, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Vietvet

    Hope one option is total pullout.

    November 11, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    You mean the President is looking at options in a decision that will cost human lives and is carefully thinking?

    The nerve of him. Let's just throw our troops into harms way without a clear strategy. It worked last time.........oh wait!

    November 11, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Pittsburgh

    What is this?!?!? A President who debates his options before heading blindly into something?!?! We should impeach him!!... LOL

    November 11, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. wrongchange

    While I agree there needs to be some thought put into the Afganistan decision, what was the rush on the health care vote ... are they afraid if the congressmen were allowed time to read the document they wouldn't support it?

    November 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Tom in Illinois

    Obama was given a detailed report of the situation when he took over in January. Ten months later we are still waiting for a decision but he has time to take his wife on a date night in New York or go to political fundraisers. The only priority in the White House is getting relected.

    November 11, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. File under "Sarcasm"

    Why is it more important to get a 1 trillion dolllar healthcare plan through the House than to make a decision on Afghanistan? (And don't say jobs and the economy because it helps neither.)

    All you flaming liberals whose only answer is the blame it on Bush should stop spouting the same stupidity and ask yourself when President Obama will show some leadership and make the tough decisions without waiting for the political polls to provide the answer.

    November 11, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. obummer, 1 and done(if there still is a USA to salvage)

    he can rush out healthcare which affects 19% of our economy without even reading the legislation, but to make a decision that has troops at risk he can't make in 10 months.

    And in 10 months has narrowed it down to only 4 options.

    Wow! How impressive and intelligent is that? NOT!!!!

    What a joke and embarrassment he is.

    November 11, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. chris

    i'm a republican who says we ought to get out. chuck the whole scene. the rules of engagement for our troops are laughable. the reason it appears we're losing is that were the only ones NOT FIGHTING a war. don't get me wrong. i'd love to see 60,000 more troops and a massive offensive coordinated w/ pakistan in the north. but lets face it...this administration isn't up to it.

    so...just bring our guys home. let the place descend into civil war. give arms support to the ones who would rather not see 'taliban part II' and hope for the best.

    November 11, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. m jeff

    The President should take his time and make the best decision, unlike the last administration that attacked the wrong Country.

    November 11, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Please stopr censoring...thx S Callahan

    I smell a draft coming........

    November 11, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Progressive liberalism is clearly the democrat's worst enemy.."

    Actually, no. Look at history just a littel and you'll realize the biggest problem the Dems have always had is resting on their laurels. The people who really need to wake up out there are the ones who supported Obama and the Dems last November, who have sinec disappeared and gone back to couch potato mode because they think their role in this country's progress and future was over as of November 5, 2008.

    November 11, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. donttreadonme

    Spin this however you choose!
    The problem with taking your time now is that the troops are already there and the military Commanders on the ground are asking for more help because they are getting their butts kicked. Now is not the time to debate. Send the troops or bring them all home.

    November 11, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. chris l

    ditherer and chief strikes again. maybe the marxist will give the terrorists, oh excuse me, i mean the man made disaster doers, swine flu shots in return for their forgiveness for the mean americans. that will be his fifth option. hey libtards good luck in 2010.

    November 11, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Scott, Tucson

    Ah I see, we can call this four option decision plan of obama's the Ennie, Meany, Minnie, Moe option.

    November 11, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |

    why can't we just go olde school style and just pull the troops out & send in assassians. Its less casualties and more effective.

    November 11, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. No More Incumbents

    Option 1: Go to more Dem fundraisers

    Option 2: Go make a flowery speech at a photo op

    Option 3: Fly overseas to a) attend more photo ops and
    b) apologize to everyone in attendance

    Option 4: Stay home and redistribute other people's wealth to those who didn't care to work hard in school or at their job, or their marriage, or around their house, or their neighborhood

    November 11, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Jack Staten

    Obama has said for 6 years we should be in afghanistan and not iraq. He even ran on it.So how much longer will it take for him to decide.He should have been ready from day one right? And were are the cry babies demanding an actual date of departure. Wow, funny how one year can make a difference.Please dont say health care is taking up all the time, when its less than 17% of our population who really does'nt have it.

    November 11, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. sniffit

    1. Surrender. 2.Do nothing. 3. Blame Bush. 4. Give a speech.

    November 11, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Gerry

    When you have no idea what you are doing you can't make a decision, and he doesn't know what to do. I think he should replace his three top General's with General's Pelosi, Reid & Biden.

    November 11, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. ICARE

    Four options!! Holy cow!! Does he also have four brains and four eyes? If not, he better just take the BEST option. We dont have time for him to play around.

    November 11, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Jenn, Philadelphia

    What's with 4 options? There are 2. All out, or give the generals what they asked. It isn't going to be option one, so option two is all that's left. After announcing a new mission in March and appointing General McChrystal to implement it, this indicision just makes him look weak.

    November 11, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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