Obama plan: 34,000 troops to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy Newspapers. Full Story
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Chev Chelios

Chanhassen, MN

#1 Nov 24, 2009
War mongerer!!! Sabre rattling war monger!!!( this is what the libtards would say if this was Bush) Huh, on the campaign trial, it was my understading that Obama was going to put an end to all wars, an end to poverty, heal the world, everyone would get everything for FREE!! Unicorns would roam free...libtards, you have been HAD! The trouble is, being a libtard, you do not posess the ability to perform critical self evaluation, or admit you are wrong. Mr. community organizer,please give this job to someone who knows what they are doing before you hurt yourself.
Chev Chelios

Chanhassen, MN

#2 Nov 24, 2009
It would seem the SPPP feels it is ok to drum up a year old sex story, but you cant make a conjuction of liberal and t*a*r*d. Liberalism never ceases to amaze me with its childishness.
John

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 24, 2009
"you cant make a conjuction of liberal and t*a*r*d. Liberalism never ceases to amaze me with its childishness."

Right - saying l i b t a r d isn't childish at all, especially since it's a clumsy, made up word.
Gre

Hanover, Germany

#4 Nov 24, 2009
if he has such plans it means that he is really degenerate and really stupid war criminal. Do ruthless murdering of another people in their native country, being a cause of all tragedies like hunger, corruption, criminality, tragic death of innocent people who loose their lives in age beeing children, teenagers or young adults and wasting money=billions of dolars for mad and criminal caprices of his military war criminals and degenerates or maybe there ara whims of his own criminal mind bring something good and reasonable for his country or to him? Certainly not. He and his war criminals will have only blood of innocent people on their hands and growing debts in their fu...d usa.
It is reasonable way - 1. not to increase the level of those troops, 2. begin to withdraw from 2010 continuosly and gradually 3. total out of Afghanistan.
John

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Nov 24, 2009
Chev Chelios wrote:
War mongerer!!! Sabre rattling war monger!!!( this is what the **** would say if this was Bush) Huh, on the campaign trial, it was my understading that Obama was going to put an end to all wars, an end to poverty, heal the world, everyone would get everything for FREE!! Unicorns would roam free...****, you have been HAD! The trouble is, being a ****, you do not posess the ability to perform critical self evaluation, or admit you are wrong. Mr. community organizer,please give this job to someone who knows what they are doing before you hurt yourself.
When did Obama promise to end all wars? Perhaps you should actually pay attention to what his campaign promises were. They included getting out of Iraq and focusing on Afghanistan.

My, I bet you feel foolish what with you making things up and getting hysterical.

It really drives you nuts having a mature, educated, civilized, black, liberal man running your life, doesn't it? Going to be a very tough 8 years for you and your Obama Derangement Syndrome...
Dave

Plymouth, MN

#6 Nov 24, 2009
The Obama administration is using mercenaries with the firm formerly known as Blackwater to kidnap and assassinate high value targets in Pakistan, according to a published report.

The program, operated out of the US Joint Special Operations Command, "is so 'compartmentalized' that senior figures within the Obama administration and the US military chain of command may not be aware of its existence," an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the program told The Nation reporter Jeremy Scahill.

Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, is also allegedly involved in intelligence collection for a drone bombing campaign in the country.

Scahill's report added: "A defense official, on background, specifically denied that Blackwater performs work on drone strikes or intelligence for JSOC in Pakistan.'We don't have any contracts to do that work for us. We don't contract that kind of work out, period,' the official said.'There has not been, and is not now, contracts between JSOC and that organization for these types of services.' The previously unreported program, the military intelligence source said, is distinct from the CIA assassination program that the agency's director, Leon Panetta, announced he had canceled in June 2009.'This is a parallel operation to the CIA,' said the source.'They are two separate beasts.'"

A Blackwater spokesman told The Nation that none of its forces are operating in Pakistan. However, a "former senior executive at Blackwater" told Scahill that Xe's mercs are indeed working in Pakistan, sometimes employed by the country's government to operate alongside soldiers. The arrangement allows the Pakistani government to deny any U.S. military presence in the country, while allowing them to tap former U.S. special forces members for high-risk missions.

Scahill added that the CIA is also employing the firm in parallel operations.

"Targeted killings are not the most popular thing in town right now and the CIA knows that," Scahill's source reportedly said. "Contractors and especially JSOC personnel working under a classified mandate are not [overseen by Congress], so they just don't care. If there's one person they're going after and there's thirty-four people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die. That's the mentality. They're not accountable to anybody and they know that. It's an open secret, but what are you going to do, shut down JSOC?"

During the Bush administration, the JSOC was reportedly being commanded by the vice president's office, effectively making them Dick Cheney's own "executive assassination squad," according to investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

President Obama's top official on the occupation of Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, oversaw the JSOC from September 2003 to August 2008.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment, Scahill reported.
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Nov 24, 2009
This decision had nothing to do with military strategies or tactics.

It had to do with politics, specifically, keeping the anti-military democrats off his butt for a year with a wishy-washy plan that is too ambiguous to criticize.

I hope McChrystal resigns.
John

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Nov 24, 2009
Bob the Bilderberg wrote:
This decision had nothing to do with military strategies or tactics.
It had to do with politics, specifically, keeping the anti-military democrats off his butt for a year with a wishy-washy plan that is too ambiguous to criticize.
I hope McChrystal resigns.
When did you retire from the Joint Chiefs?
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Nov 24, 2009
If it's truly a war of necessity, and if the assumption is he believes we must win it, then it wouldn't matter what obstacles, political or otherwise existed. You fight to win it and you let the commander on the ground decide how to do that.

Obama administration = amateur hour

Since: Sep 09

Pune, India

#10 Nov 24, 2009
He should have sent the troops to Pakistan instead of Afghanistan
John

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Nov 24, 2009
Bob the Bilderberg wrote:
If it's truly a war of necessity, and if the assumption is he believes we must win it, then it wouldn't matter what obstacles, political or otherwise existed. You fight to win it and you let the commander on the ground decide how to do that.
Obama administration = amateur hour
You really are a military expert. What's your troop command experience?

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#12 Nov 24, 2009
With everything that these people have crammed down our throats, why is this taking so long? This issue is far more important than cap and trade, which they said had to be done now. Far more important than the ridiculous stimulus that they said had to be done right now, and far more important than a health care bill that wouldn't even kick in for 3 years. This is the most important thing that is happening to Americans right now and they can't come up with a plan.

Since: Sep 08

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Nov 24, 2009
John wrote:
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When did Obama promise to end all wars? Perhaps you should actually pay attention to what his campaign promises were. They included getting out of Iraq and focusing on Afghanistan.
My, I bet you feel foolish what with you making things up and getting hysterical.
It really drives you nuts having a mature, educated, civilized, black, liberal man running your life, doesn't it? Going to be a very tough 8 years for you and your Obama Derangement Syndrome...
Are we sill in Iraq? For campaigning tirelessly against Iraq for months before the election, I don't think Ive heard him even utter the word since last summer.
Its just a big inconvenience on the way to his big health care plan.
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Nov 24, 2009
John wrote:
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You really are a military expert. What's your troop command experience?
I spent 8 years in command of a special forces unit. And you?
tiger

Scottsville, NY

#15 Nov 24, 2009
I heard the words WAR TAX this morning - when will this bonehead stop?

JOHN! I am sure you could crawl under IRISHMN's rock - you two would be very happy together.
John

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Nov 24, 2009
Bob the Bilderberg wrote:
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I spent 8 years in command of a special forces unit.
You wish.
Basilone

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#17 Nov 24, 2009
Dave wrote:
The Obama administration is using mercenaries with the firm formerly known as Blackwater to kidnap and assassinate high value targets in Pakistan, according to a published report.
Outstanding---Press on!
Basilone

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#18 Nov 24, 2009
John wrote:
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When did you retire from the Joint Chiefs?
OK, Big Time...are YOUR military quals?
Da Fix Is In

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 24, 2009
A recipe for disaster. You either have to pull the troops out or do a full surge.

Obama being a coward did neither.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#20 Nov 24, 2009
This is the wrong decision. Our President is being influenced by leftovers from the war regime of Bushco & Friends.

Bring all of he troops home now.

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