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. LacrosseMom

    We have been in Afghanistan for EIGHT YEARS, what have we achieved?

    We will not eradicate terrorism with conventional war methods. All war does is hurt civilians...... kill our sons and daughters fighting this endless war!

    The best way to fight terrorism is to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim people. Showing them justice and mercy by allowing the Palestinians to have a homeland, for starters.

    The only thing war has done, is help the terrorist recruit more terrorists!

    Everyone who wants the Afghan war to continue should be forced to put on a uniform and go fight!

    November 24, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Dennis, Millbrae, CA

    Sometimes supporting the troops means not committing more of them to a conflict unless and until we have attainable goals and a strategy for getting there (i.e., how do we define "victory") and an exit strategy. There are so many parallels between Afghanistan and Vietnam, including a corrupt and inept government, a guerilla war in which the enemy is supported by a significant percentage of the population, and the availability of a cross-border safe haven for the bad guys to rest, recuperate and re-arm. The individual American soldier fought well in Vietnam–I was one of them–and we won most of the battles, but lost the war for the reaasons listed above. There should be no doubt in anyone's mind but that our men and women in uniform in Afghanistan (and Iraq) are doing a tremendous job in difficult circumstances, but before commiting more of them to the effort we need to ensure we have a chance at success. That will take some thought, and the POTUS is right to take the time necessary to make good decisions.

    November 24, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. david

    as obama osama plays with him self...he is murdering american soldiers he has no what he is doing...this is Americas social experiment gone wrong...terribly wrong

    November 24, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. The trouble is.....

    Obama is listening to too many four-star retired oversized ego man the question: "Is this President really a decider or a ...whatever


    November 24, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. mikl

    Obama naive and no comander and chief. Let's correct in 2012.

    November 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. t22

    Great, an announcement that he's going to make an announcement. Meanwhile our troops keep dying because of his inaction.

    November 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. FALSE NEWS...not really the news .. just propaganda from hate mongers to the no brainers

    glad he is taking his time; and kowtowing to the republiklans mandate send more troops in a hurry....G"NO"P warped political ideology is: send more troops to die after 8yrs of an unjust war in Afghanistan, then delay and maintain the status quo in passing healthcare, so more ordinary Americans die at home!!!

    G"NO"P = Dont pass healthcare to save lives for millions of ordinary Americans...but send more of our troops to die in a death panel in Afghanistan?!!

    November 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Republican: I only help those who can already help themselves

    Republicans didn't mention Afghanistan not once over the past 8 years. Now all of a sudden they demand swift action. Well, guess what? You may have just "woken up" this year because "your America" is disappearing but I have been awake all this time.

    I remember your inaction for the past 8 years.

    November 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Please bring our troops home. Obviously there will be no "winning" there. Use our troops here in our own country to secure our borders. Save the lives; save the money.
    Thank you Mr. President for taking your time.
    There is a big difference between "indecisiveness" and thoughtful consideration. Imagine this! A president who takes the time to consider the ramifications of his acts. He is a wise and intelligent man, unlike his predecessor.
    Thank you.

    November 24, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    PLEASE GET OUT OF AFGHANASTAN! Spend the money here in USA. Don't listen to the war lovers, aka rethuglicans, they like to spend dollars in foreign countries instead of spending them on Americans. If the President sends more troops, we better get taxed for it! Military family are burden while the average American is no affected by this. WE NEED A WAR TAX!

    November 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. seg from houston

    We can't afford this war. We couldn't afford the last one either.

    Put our military men and women in places like in Manhattan, Newport Beach, and San Antonio, not some desert.

    November 24, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Marilyn

    Why is it that every decision he makes is preceded by a big announcement that he is going to make a decision? This is stupid. Making decisions is your job, Barrack, just do it.

    Honestly, this guy is even more incompetent than George Bush.

    November 24, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. b.b

    This dithering idiot is a danger to National security.

    November 24, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. SLM

    Ring, ring, ring.........Hillary was right, too bad she was thrown under the bus for Naive and inexperienced Obama. Democrats need to learn to cast your vote based on something other than a great speaker.

    November 24, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. MattM

    It doesn't matter. If he sends more troops, republicans will attack him for not keeping his promises or not doing it fast enough. If he doesn't they'll attack him as cowardly. These fools must have just now found the rage they didn't have when a request for more troops sat in the Bush whitehouse for over 8 months. Stop pretending like you are crusaders for the USA, let Obama do his job.

    November 24, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Whatever the president does he is going to be second guessed by the Right,along with that War criminal dick cheney,in the end President Obama will make the Right choice.

    November 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Tim

    I can't wait, I'm sure it thoroughly thought out and comprehensive. Right down to which individual will perform what role.

    So when the war doesn't go as he planned (and it won't, no war does), we'll have to wait for another three months for him to reconsider his alternatives.

    Anyone who thinks this is how to run a country, raise your hand. I want to know where the idiots are standing.

    November 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Darko

    He has his answer right now...why is he waiting for next week to tell us?

    I'm sure there's some photo-op that he can't pass up.

    November 24, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Tim

    Anyone want to take a bet on how derranged the left wing loons will become early next week?

    November 24, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Tim

    Obama should make sure he gives his speech (which I await breathlessly in anticipation of tingles running up my leg) in front of a throng of military people, it would be a good photo op.

    But he should make sure he excludes anyone from Alaska, or any true-blue American, so as to not give Sara Palin and opportunity to showboat.

    Has anyone ever worked for someone who didn't have a clue? Well if you haven't, you at least now kind of know what it feels like.

    November 24, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Jim Hall

    Bring all of the troops home and send the republicans and their families over to Iraq and Afghanistan including the republicans in office now. McConell would stand out like a sore thumb over their with his arrogant attitude and face and Bonier with his hair transplant would also stick out. Then take care of the american people with health care for all. Then a very good plan would be to KEEP OUR NOSES OUT OF OTHER COUNTRIES BUSINESS. The Russians were looking for Ben Lauden for over 30 years we have been looking for him for about 20 now so the combined total is 50 years. He is not even in those countries he is in Saudi Arabia where his family is and the Saudi's know it Jim Hall Kansas City, Mo

    November 24, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Rudy

    Afghanistan is more about protecting the oil pipeline (of corporate interests) than getting rid of the Taliban,

    November 24, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Just load our men and women on a plane off to Afghan just like we did with Iraq and don't make an exit strategy plan. Repeat everything Bush did and the Republicans will be happy, they'll vote YES just like they did with Bush and they won't complain about being wrong because they don't take that kind of responsibility.

    November 24, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. the dude of truth

    bring our troops is not our war. ISOLATIONISM NOW>

    November 24, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. howie

    The commander in chief is suppposed to be able to make decisions, this guy is scary. Wonder what he would do if we were attacked by another nation, guess he would take three months to "review" the action. If this guy isn't scary no one is.

    November 24, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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