Obama May Add 30,000 Troops in Afghanistan - may not?
It looks like 22,000 and 7000 from NATO countries. At a guess my second guess this week I might aid and creative civilian journalism of course (Learning something from the big boys).
23,000 troops are on standby in the USA something that crept out of the hat from the original story from a small on line newspaper that sniff around the bases. However I just looked in my crystal ball, wink wink and notice that these guys need to leave a contingent behind to protect and administrate their bases. So that cuts the force down to 20,000 and the regimental cat.
UK is of course moving out of Germany shortly so they can afford to send two battalions and pledge two more after Christmas . That's a total of 1000 troops before Christmas and 1000 more afterward. They of course will supply a few war dogs and a ravenous camel brought back from Iraq.
NATO is sending about 5000 troops however some will be raw troops that have only trained with paint balls.
But all these factor came from sources not to be disclosed but it rumored that its straight from the hourses mouth yep Maggy Thatcher (the real chief of MI5), so you really got to believe me this is factual. However president Obama could not be contacted to confirm my creative story, honest.
Of course on Monday or errrrrrmmm Tuesday we will all know if I am dead correct or just dead because I published the facts?
Although his aides told some allies that the troop increase would most likely be slightly below 30,000 — there are currently 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan — several officials said Mr. Obama did not appear completely settled on a final number.
“He’s still not happy,” one official said.
One reason for Mr. Obama’s disquiet might be discontent among the members of his own party on Capitol Hill over the prospect of escalating the war and paying for it. Among those present at Monday night’s session was Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget director.
Before a meeting with Mr. Obama on Tuesday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, said during a conference call of economists and bloggers that there was “serious unrest in our caucus about can we afford this war.”