Obama will send tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan?
Since the end of August there has been much speculation on President Obama's decision on the new Afghanistan Strategy. The President has been accused of dithering.
General McChrystal has publicly stated that up to 40,000 additional troops were required in Afghanistan if the mission is to be successful. General McChrystal has stated that a strategy that would not leave Afghanistan in a stable position would be shortsighted.
Recently General Casey, Army Chief of Staff, made statements to support General McChrystal's recommendation. He is also supported by the remainder of the Joint Chiefs.
US press reports on Sunday claim that President Obama has reached a decision which would augment troops in Afghanistan. The New York Times, on its website, claims that Obama has reached the decision to send between 20,000 and 40,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.
Due to the tribal nature of Afghanistan, particularly in the Southern provinces of Hellmand and Kandahar, the Afghan Government under President Karzai has been unable to expand its influence much beyond Kabul.
In recent months the Taliban have been successful with their hit and run tactics with car bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The reports indicate that the troops would be from the 101st Airborne Division, located in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 10th Mountain Division, located in Fort Drum, NY and a Marine Brigade.
It is anticipated that the additional troops would permit training of Afghan Security Forces, Afghan National Army and the Afghan Police. The surge would also permit NATO Forces to extend their reach into urban centres in Afghanistan and provide security for the local population.
The White House has denied these reports. General Jim Jones stated late last night that these reports were absolutely false. He said that President Obama has not yet reviewed the final options.
President Obama is attending a Memorial Service in Fort Hood today and, according to CBC News Net, is expected to announce his decision on his return to Washington. This is at odds with earlier reports, which expected a decision after the President's Asia trip.
National Security Adviser, General Jim Jones, was interviewed by Der Spiegel on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall. He was posed some interesting question. Here is a link to the interview.
According to US press reports Sunday, President Barack Obama has decided to send tens of thousands of additional US troops to Afghanistan in an attempt to suppress growing popular resistance to foreign occupation.
The New York Times reported Sunday on its web site that the White House had narrowed its options in Afghanistan to three—all involving troop increases of 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000 respectively. The plans for escalating the war have come in response to the urgent request by General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan.
Citing “administration and military officials,” McClatchy Newspapers reported Saturday night that Obama has already settled on 34,000 troops, but was waiting to announce it until after briefing the other governments participating in the NATO occupation and completing a trip to Asia, now set for November 11-19.
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