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Ear to the Ground

Obama Hints at ‘Comprehensive’ Afghanistan Plan

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Posted on Nov 24, 2009
Obama and Singh
White House / Samantha Appleton

Afghanistan was on the agenda as President Barack Obama and India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, shown Tuesday during Singh’s arrival ceremony, met at the White House.

Those who hoped that President Barack Obama would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan anytime soon are likely to be disappointed, judging by the hints Obama dropped about his plans for America’s military involvement in the volatile South Asian nation.  —KA

The New York Times:

President Obama said on Tuesday that he will announce his decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan next week, and that it is his intention to “finish the job” that began with the overthrow of the Taliban government in the fall of 2001.

Mr. Obama, offering a tantalizing preview of what looms as one of the momentous decisions of his presidency, said he would tell the American people about “a comprehensive strategy” embracing civilian and diplomatic efforts as well as the continuing military campaign.

While he avoided any hints of the new troop levels he foresees in Afghanistan, the president signaled that he will not be talking about a short-term commitment but rather an effort muscular enough to “dismantle and degrade” the enemy and ensure that “Al Qaeda and its extremist allies cannot operate” in the region.

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By tahitifp, November 25, 2009 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Comprehensive Åfghan Plan will work as well as comprehensive health care reform.

I can’t wait to hear about comprehensive global warming.

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By Gmonst, November 25, 2009 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

I think Obama is making a grave mistake in escalating the war.  I will wait to hear his plan before drawing final judgment but on its face this does not look good.  I am rather curious as to what he sees is the end game.  Our country is beyond broke and he is committing us to who knows how many years of insane debt spending. The feeling I have is that the situation over there will only continue to get worse not better.  The more force we apply the more resistance they will apply.  In short I don’t see how we could possibly win any kind of victory over there.  Further than that, I am not sure any kind of victory will be worth the carnage, suffering, and death which it will take to get there.  My deep instincts is Obama is making a very serious mistake, that we as a nation will deeply regret.

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By Jim Yell, November 25, 2009 at 9:46 am Link to this comment
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I think the suggestion that we have already a military dictatorship behind the scenes is probably too close to the truth. I would only amend that to a Military-Industrial Complex Dictatorship and the President may well be the junior partner in this farce.

At lest Bismark understood that to ask the working class to die for the rich required that some thought be given to how they worked and lived, which is why Germany has a good health system and we have bankruptcy.

This business has moved along for so long it probably is now irreversible and any attempt is mostly blocked by religous nut cases. Our air force academy has been the play ground for reactionary religion for decades, perhaps ever since its founding.

Without punishment for the crimes of the last 10 years we will not have a future, at lest not one worth looking to. Our founding fathers were right in being suspicious of standing armies. They become a force outside of control, proof of this is how little control our officials exercise over the generals. Bad business all around. Sadly Obama seems determined not to be the “reform we can believe in”.

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By the tshirt doctor, November 25, 2009 at 6:22 am Link to this comment

it’s amazing that the democratic party has turned into the the War Party Also.

i think that we had a pentagon cout d’etat that went unnoticed because they let us keep our civilian leaders.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, November 25, 2009 at 12:29 am Link to this comment

By tahitifp, November 25 at 3:08 am #

Primary challenge!  Dean? Grayson?

Forget the Democrats!  Dean?  Grayson?  If they were actually elected president, they would subsequently act no differently than the judas Obama who is the Shakespeare of chickenshit politicians.

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By tahitifp, November 24, 2009 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment

Primary challenge!  Dean? Grayson?

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By mustntsleepmustwarnothers, November 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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Remember when fraudulent military absentee ballots supposedly put Bush on top in 2000?  Maybe it wasn’t the military helping the Bush takeover, but the other way around, Bush helping the military takeover.  I’m not sure that Obama has the freedom of a pet chihuahua.

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By bibisad, November 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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We can not have a resolution until the media and our elected officials speak the
truth of our involvement in afghanistan.

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By walker, November 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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Let me be the first:  IMPEACH OBAMA, THE WARMONGER.

Regarding his “I will finish the job” comment—does he know the difference between talk and reality?

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By Blackspeare, November 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

John Kerry said it best, “How do you ask the last soldier to die for his country?”  And the answer is simple——you can’t.  The war must continue until a satisfactory conclusion can be obtained or those before have died in vain.  The question that should be asked today is, “How do you tell the last soldier not to die for his country?”  And again that’s a hard sell for you come back to the same problem of those before dying in vain.  The Vietnam War is far behind now so those 50,000+ who did die in vain have been assuaged with the concept of a “noble cause” espoused by Reagan——gee aren’t words just wonderful almost makes you want to re-up!

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By voice of truth, November 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

He’ll do it, and the masses will swoon.

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By skulz fontaine, November 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

Obama is a liar. Obama has doomed his presidency to abysmal failure. The Obama
WILL give McChrystal whatever Mr. Holistic bomber-man wants and Obama will
channel the war-ghost of LBJ. Now there’s “change” we’ll bereave with.

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