The Pendleton Panther

Obama Sends More Troops To Afghanistan

Posted on: December 1, 2009

U.S. Troops

President Obama gave orders to the top military and Diplomatic Officials on Sunday to send 30,000 more troops to the war zone in Afghanistan.  He gave the order ahead of his planned speech that took place on the following Tuesday that will outline his new Afghanistan war strategy.  It is said that before Christmas, at least one set group of Marines will be in place and deployed.  Obama has a full thought out plan, but he still has to let Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari know what is going on.  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated that the ultimate goal that Obama hopes for is to train Afghan security forces to eventually take over the U.S.’s role.  Gibbs also stated that the president would touch on the budgetary impact of the growing war, but didn’t say whether he was in favor of a new tax on the wealthy to pay for more troops.  Already, some Democrats in Congress have backed his idea.  Obama stated that in the next year, there would be over 100,000 more new troops in Afghanistan and it would be an annual estimated cost of $75 billion.


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