Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You've probably heard by now...

...but it looks like the President will make a speech soon after the holiday weekend announcing the way forward in Afghanistan.

President Obama is expected to address the nation early next week, saying he will send a sizable force of additional troops to Afghanistan, sources tell NPR.

The tentative plan is for the president to make his announcement Dec. 1, followed shortly thereafter by testimony on Capitol Hill by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Also expected to brief Congress is the top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Hopefully we'll get around to saying something about all this before the President chimes in. (I mean, geez, the least he could do is give us like four or five months' warning.)


  1. Gulliver:

    I've had trouble posting comments to your blog, and pasting URLs into the comments section. Fix?


  2. Hm, I'm not sure. I'm not the slightest bit tech-savvy, so I don't have the faintest idea what may be wrong. Anyone else?

    Is the problem that your comments won't post, or that you can't get links to go active? Are you using this format?

    (open pointed bracket) a href="web.address.com" (close pointed bracket) hyperlinked text (open pointed bracket) /a (close pointed bracket)

  3. Looks like the number of new troops is 34K. As a proponent of completely pulling out of Afghanistan, I'm disappointed but not surprised.

    I would love to know how, though, we got several months of deliberations, only to get to just about the number that McChrystal asked for initially. (Granted, we will know more about what they will do next week.)

  4. Gulliver:

    Comments literaly won't post (paste, actually). I'm not using *that* format.

    Not a big deal - worry about it the next time.