December 1st, 2009
06:26 PM ET
9 years ago

Just In: Key Obama speech excerpts released


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(CNN) – The White House just released excerpts of President Obama's prime-time televised speech where he will outline his strategy on Afghanistan.

(Read excerpts after the jump)

"The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 – the fastest pace possible – so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans."

"Because this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For what's at stake is not simply a test of NATO's credibility – what's at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common security of the world."

"Taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan's Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government – and, more importantly, to the Afghan people – that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country."

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  1. target the insurgency

    my neighbor lost his boy to this Bush debacle

    stop this war now

    bomb the bejesus out of the insurgency and lets bring the boys home

    December 1, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    Since all of the info is already out, there's no need to waste time watching the speech.

    December 1, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. ib

    Why couldn't this speech be made at the White House. Obama is using this as he does everything else –making it into a photo-op.

    December 1, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Steph

    I know this was a very tough decision for you Mr. President, and I pray that your plan is successful. Also, please ask the American people to do something. We've been involved in two wars for many, many years now, and no one has asked us to sacrifice anything. It makes me so sad that our brave soldiers are fighting and people here at home aren't asked to contribute anything (time, money, visible support for our troops, etc...) We argue with each other and whine, but we aren't involved in the solution.

    December 1, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Enough

    Seems like alot of needless words to make a simple point. No need to talk in circles to us to make a longer speech.........get to the point and then zip it!

    December 1, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Susan in NC

    May God bless President Obama - what a difficult decision for anyone to have to make. I'd vote for him again today - in a heartbeat! Yes, indeed, we can!

    December 1, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Got to give it to President Obama, he is a thinker and that's something we haven't had in the past 8 years.

    December 1, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Flex

    Obama, you're the greatest disappointment, ever, and are nothing like the president you've espoused to be!

    You're officially digging yourself deeper into George W. Bush's hole! Thanks for wasting my tax dollars on a useless, fruitless war that won't do anything to make us safer, or the world safer!

    Conversely, thanks for the continued effort, on your behalf, to fire competent military personnel based exclusively on their sexual orientation. "Fierce gay rights activist," My asz!

    December 1, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom

    I support President Obama, wholeheartedly. I realize that Obama INHERITED TWO WARS, and an ECONOMIC DISASTER.

    However, I know that IF he had ended the Afghan war, the GOP would have crucified him!

    The Afghan war, and the war in Iraq did not need to be fought! We went to Iraq, for the OIL.

    We went to Afghanistan to fight terrorism and get Al-Qaeda, which has moved on to another country!

    We will not beat terrorism with conventional war. We must win the hearts and minds of the Muslim people. We must show them that it is the terrorists who are lying.

    As Jesus said, "those who live by the sword will die by the sword."

    $30 Billion a month to fight a senseless war! THANKS BUSH!

    December 1, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Tom

    Who put George W. Bush back in the Whitehouse. A surge in Afghanistan when the American People said no more? Sure he put a timetable for withdraw, whoop dee do... That is the only thing Bush didn't do. Did he forget why Bush lost? It wasn't Bush's domestic policies that got him in trouble it was WAR.

    Welcome to Obama's WAR.

    December 1, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. annie against biased news

    Why bother with the speech – obama has already had his chicago mafia administration 'leak' everything out!

    December 1, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Melissa

    Thank God we have a President who was willing to take the time and make a decision on not only how to get us in, but how to get us out responsibly in a decent amount of time.

    December 1, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Will in Seattle

    The cold hard reality is that America wants all of our troops home, preferably by New Years.

    We don't want them bogged down in civil wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have nothing to do with al-Qaeda – who aren't even there.

    And unless this is paid for by a 10 percent surtax on all money earned by millionaires, we can't afford it.

    December 1, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Dissappointed Voter

    We simply can not afford $30B/Year to support the continuation of a war on radical Islam. America needs to step back and allow the rest of the world to be responsible for their own safety. My primary reason for voting for Obama was to end the war. I will not be voting for him again. To make matters worse – this "war" president is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

    December 1, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. John


    I told SOOO many anti-war groups full of Obamaphiles that Obama would NEVER end the war.

    And at the next meeting, I can finally shove this SOOOO hard down their throats.

    Hahahaha Hope and Change, what a joke.

    December 1, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Inga Pierce

    President Obama is kicking the can down the road three years in advance because he kows he cannot win this war; so at the end of his term, he will not go for a second term and thereby hand this problem back to the Republican hawks.

    December 1, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Inga Pierce

    Don't hold your breath, President. The Europeans are no longer willing.

    December 1, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Annie, Atlanta

    If President Obama increases troop levels, and if a possible war tax should pass congress, can I opt out of said tax since I am vehemently anti-war? Sort of like the Stupak Amendment in the house version of health care reform.

    December 1, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. steve b

    President Obama I hope you are finding your courage and ability to make a decision.

    December 1, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Whatever

    I'm sure it will be fully supported by the media now...

    December 1, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. sniffit

    I can assure you he will blame Bush and claim he inherited this mess. Typical uh-blame-o speech.

    December 1, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. vicki

    It will be a great speech. Thank you president Obama to keep us secure. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

    December 1, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. boss

    I don't think listening to Obama tonight is going to change anything. Bush should have ended this long time ago from 9/11. I just want to watch my TV and not listen to anything that will not change.

    December 1, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. James Fryday

    Canada should increase troop level as well until troops leave in 2011!
    United we stand divided we fall.

    December 1, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. kas

    I can assure you I will not be tuning in to the B Hussein show tonight.

    December 1, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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