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    Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops - CBS News

    Tonight, after months of conferences with top advisors, President Obama has settled on a new strategy for Afghanistan. CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that the president will send a lot more troops and plans to keep a large force there, long term.

    The president still has more meetings scheduled on Afghanistan, but informed sources tell CBS News he intends to give Gen. Stanley McChrystal most, if not all, the additional troops he is asking for.

    McChrystal wanted 40,000 and the president has tentatively decided to send four combat brigades plus thousands more support troops. A senior officer says "that's close to what [McChrystal] asked for." All the president's military advisers have recommended sending more troops.
    That's certainly a surprise, and quite different from what was being floated as a trial balloon over the past few weeks.

    I found this part in particular quite interesting:

    The buildup would be expected to last about four years, until McChrystal completes his plan for doubling the size of the Afghan army and police force.

    With 68,000 Americans already there, the Afghan surge would mean there would be 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the end of the president's first term.
    Given that Obama's proposed pace for withdrawal is largely identical to the timetable that President Bush negotiated, it looks like the total number of troops deployed overseas will be essentially identical to what it would have been had McCain been elected.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    With 68,000 Americans already there, the Afghan surge would mean there would be 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the end of the president's first term.
    What the hell's the point of sending them if it's going to take four years to get them all in theater? That's friggin stupid!
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Update: MSNBC is running with a "white house sources say no final decision has been made" as if to pull back from this, but the AP has independent confirmation of the timetable and hints that the CBS numbers are accurate.

    The Associated Press: AP Top News at 7:38 p.m. EST
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    Great news. I'm happy he listened to GEN McChrystal and his military advisers.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What the hell's the point of sending them if it's going to take four years to get them all in theater? That's friggin stupid!
    Read the article:

    The first combat troops would not arrive until early next year and it would be the end of 2010 before they were all there.
    That's 1 year, not 4.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    I would love to see McChrystal's plan for this Afghani police force, and how he's going to keep it integrated.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    I would love to see McChrystal's plan for this Afghani police force, and how he's going to keep it integrated.
    Every Afghani police force and army unit will be working in conjunction with Army platoon sized elements. The parts of the plan that aren't classified have been released to the public, I'm sure you could find the rest of it online if you wanted.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Read the article:



    That's 1 year, not 4.
    Not much of an improvement.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Not much of an improvement.
    How quickly do you think he can feasibly get troops there? Considering the time it takes to prepare soldiers for deployment and the logistics involved one year seems to be just the right time frame.
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    Re: Obama's Afghan Plan: About 40K More Troops

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    How quickly do you think he can feasibly get troops there? Considering the time it takes to prepare soldiers for deployment and the logistics involved one year seems to be just the right time frame.
    6 months, at the most. Probaly less. It didn't take but a couple of months to put 7 divisions in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield.
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