Signaling he’s decided on new troop levels for the Afghanistan war, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he intends to “finish the job” on his watch and destroy terrorist networks in the region.
The president said he would reveal his decision on how many additional soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan after Thanksgiving. The White House is aiming for an announcement by Obama either Tuesday or Wednesday in a national address. Congressional hearings will quickly follow.
Military officials and others have been expecting Obama to settle on a middle-ground option that would deploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces to the 8-year-old conflict. That rough figure has stood as the most likely option since before Obama’s war council meeting earlier this month when he tasked military planners with rearranging the timing and makeup of some of the deployments. That led to Monday night’s final gathering.
This is simply awful. I am a Christian and I supported BHO specifically because I thought he was a peace candidate…now he appears no more than a Black Bush. As with Dubya, the blood of young men and women will be on his hands. BHO fooled me. I thought he was smarter than Dubya (it doesn’t take much, really)…I thought he would bring fundamental change: End the wars, stop DADT, ad infinitum. “Red Emma” Goldman was right when she wrote that “voting is the opiate of the people, every four years it deadens the pain.”