Monday, November 30, 2009

Military Already Has Its Afghan Marching Orders

By the time President Obama addresses the nation Tuesday night his announcement about sending additional troops to Afghanistan will be anti-climactic.

The White House is acknowledging that the commander-in-chief has already ordered the deployment of some 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. That's 10,000 less than General Stanley McChrystal requested. But 30,000 more than anti-war activists had hoped.

The prime time speech, which will be carried live on the Paltalk News Network, will be more a justification to the American public - and will include a promise that - as he's sending more troops into combat - he's also ordering a withdrawal. He'll likely outline the timetable he has in mind.

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