November 24th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Pentagon officials: Obama to announce strategy 'early next week'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is expected to announce his Afghanistan strategy "early next week," senior Pentagon officials told CNN Tuesday.

The officials would not speak on the record because there has not been an official announcement.

Several media reports have said the announcement will be on Tuesday, December 1.

The officials said that after the announcement, the current thinking is that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen will testify to the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees for both the House and Senate.

It is expected that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, will also testify on the Hill after the principals do, the officials said.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The President should announce his strategy from the Oval office.

    November 24, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. He'll Vote "Present"

    His announcement will be.......

    DRUM ROLL PEASE....

    "PRESENT". AND THE CROWD'S GO WILD PRAISING OBAMA FOR MORE INDECISIVENESS.

    HANG ON TROOPS. JUST 3 YEARS TO GO AND THE SUPPORT WILL BE THERE!

    November 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Ron

    Is Brett Favre making this decision?

    November 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. aware

    Obama Drama! 🙁

    This dude is an arrogant, narcissistic failure with no moral center, ethical core or wisdom!

    Roll on 2010 & 2012!

    November 24, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. voter

    I rather the president takes his time and make the right decision such as an exit strategy then to make a hast decision. We all know what happened in the last 8 years when haste decisions are made.

    November 24, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Longinus

    Obama announced his strategy in March!
    The general then told him what was require to implement it.

    THEN the pres became the "Master Reconsider-er."

    Totally disgraceful with men and women in the field against the enemy.

    This stall is PURELY based on politics.

    November 24, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Smalto

    Obama is showing how intelect is better than stipudity, barbarism equal the RNC... war, war, war is their mojo. The RNC agree 100% for sending troop in Afganistan, but nothing to help American people to get better (health care).

    Bravo Obama

    November 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    When will you wingnut morons accept the fact that Obama dealt with the request when he sent 20,000 troops to Afghanistan in March, after Bush dithered with with that same request for over 8 months. "The decider" Bush did not even have the balls to make a decision, implement a winning strategy, or plan an exit strategy. Our children and grandchildren will be paying for his unnecessary war in Iraq for a long time.

    November 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Jane/Seattle

    NO MORE WAR! Addiction To War is a terrible waste of resources! But then how would so many American and other Corporations Rob These OUR Commons? Who will pay for their business ventures? I assure you all it is We The Taxpayers who get the least as these Robber Barons continue their Predatory Habits! It is our children who are paying now with bad schools, lost homes, stressed out families and all the rest. It is the families of other countries who also pay for the warmongering of America, what the Obfuscators like to call "Terrorism". They ought to know that many of us know that they LIE for Profits and another vacation home so the majority by design must Suffer! How much you wanna bet that Obama listens to the warmongers? Peace is possible, but not with short-sighted profit-motivated capitalists.

    November 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Tom in Atlanta

    Republicans like to send soldiers to die for no particular reason. Sounds like Vietnam all over again. Obama is not so stupid as to keep doing the same thing over and over again.

    Like Republicans who want to be even DUMBER.

    November 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Bill

    The Russians spent years in Afghanistan and accomplished nothing, save to kill a whole bunch of people. THEY ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING.

    Shall we then think with our penises instead of our heads and simply throw more money and lives at the problem, instead of carefully considering the consequences?

    All of you imbeciles saying that Obama has not reacted quickly enough are simply fools. Careful consideration of consequences is the mark of a true leader. One who simply jumps to some "obvious" conclusion (like the previous imbecile-in-chief) are fools who lack any sort of wisdom.

    November 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. mjm

    Wooo...what's his hurry?

    Take a few more meetings, you know, to get it just right.

    How long does he need to surrender?

    November 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Jackson

    This man is not a leader.

    He is not a Commander.

    Give the troops what they need, or bring them home!

    November 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Dan

    It will probably be a mixed decision to make everyone happy. The president has to learn he works for us the people, he is not there to avoid decisions, make big inaguration parties, flying to theater and getting an international prize.

    November 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. jeff jackson ozark, alabama

    It doesn't matter who the President is, we
    won't do what it takes to win.
    Our leaders are to concerned about hurting
    someone's feelings to win any kind of war.
    Doesn't matter if Obama or McCain is in
    office, neither will let our troops do what's
    neccessary to defeat our enemies.
    Why in the world do we want to put our
    troops in harms way when they aren't
    allowed to fight with fierceness?????
    Next election maybe someone with
    backbone and grit will win and then we can
    reconsider.

    November 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Jake

    indecisive?
    he's hearing debate and conversation that will allow him to make the right decision.

    where were all of you complainers when our previous president RUSHED INTO TWO WARS without the proper debate and conversation!?

    this president is just trying to get us out of this MESS!

    November 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Bush was never a leader or commander. We are now fortunate to have a president who cares about troops and will not unnecessarily put them in harm's way.

    November 24, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Mark

    I'd hate to see how long it takes Obama to make a decision at 3:00 am.

    November 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Pete

    The really stupid thing about the GOP whining about the escalation is that they have missed a very obvious opportunity. Anyone with half a brain can see that the Afghan War has been lost and any escalation will simply get more American troops killed for no real reason. The war is already very unpopular, and the GOP could have positioned themselves as the anti-war party, something that served the Democrats very well in 2006 and 2008. But noooooo...surge away, says the GOP...

    Just remember how overstretched our military is when the next GOP President starts a preemptive war with Iran.

    November 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. grumpy old man

    If he knows when he is going to announce the decision, he must have made the decision. Why wait to tell us? Obama is in way over his head.

    November 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. No More Incumbents

    December 7th would be more fitting......

    November 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    This has taken far too long. Obama is not a leader. He is weak and his first priority seems to be being popular, not what is best for the troops and national secruity. What a terrible mistake is was electing this fool president.

    November 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Mr Independent

    You guys (Republicans) are clowns...that why Obama doesn't even respond to you. Sit back and take notes on how a real leader handles business. Maybe you'll get another shot at the white house in 2016

    November 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    No need to get in any hurry Barry, after all it's just our troops who are suffering and dying because you won't do your job and give them what they need.

    November 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Enough

    Well it's about time, only 4 months or so for our Campaigner in chief to announce a decision, while our soldiers have been dying. Priorities a little mixed up for this Anti military/Anti American president. Nice job electing this Naive do nothing socialist.

    November 24, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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