Hans Nichols and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan
Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2009
President Barack Obama will announce that he is sending an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, tying his presidency to the outcome of a war that has deteriorated since the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power eight years ago.
The deployment of the 30,000 troops will be expedited, said an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
After a months-long strategy review, Obama tonight will address a range of listeners, including voters weary of the war, lawmakers divided over its cost in lives and money, a scandal- plagued Afghan government and a stubborn Taliban insurgency.
Obama, in speech of 30 to 40 minutes, will announce “an acceleration” of a strategy to “disrupt, dismantle and destroy al-Qaeda and its extremist allies” and help prevent another 9/11-style attack, spokesman Robert Gibbs said on NBC’s “Today” show.
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This article was posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 10:23 am