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6. Has he announced his plan?
Edited on Mon Nov-09-09 06:18 PM by ProSense

Q Robert, as far as you know, has the President decided on number of troops, additional troops he'd like to send to Afghanistan?

MR. GIBBS: No, no. Despite the many chances to read otherwise throughout the weekend. Safe to say if he'd made a decision, I think we could free up at least part of his Wednesday.

Q What about a proportional breakdown between trainers, for example, and combat troops, anything like that --

MR. GIBBS: No, no.

Q -- or any thought to where they might come from?

MR. GIBBS: Well, thought from where they might come from?

Q Fort Campbell comes to mind.

MR. GIBBS: Oh, I mean, look, I think -- I mean, obviously there's -- we know where very specialized troops are, but I don't think that the President has -- I doubt we've have gotten to identifying what fort they're at without getting to a number.

Q Also, just to circle back to something you said earlier, is the President consulting outside groups or particular people outside the Situation Room to talk about the Afghanistan review strategy?

MR. GIBBS: Well, let me make sure I understand. Is he having discussions outside of the meetings, or is he talking to participants throughout the process that are different than just those in the meeting itself?

Q Yes. (Laughter.)

MR. GIBBS: Wait a minute, that's my answer. I know that the President has had occasion to talk about the issue of Afghanistan outside of that -- outside of those meetings and outside of just those participants, yes.


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  -How can anyone here support the President on his escalation of the war in Afghanistan? cali  Nov-09-09 06:14 PM   #0 
  - Chess  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-09-09 06:15 PM   #1 
  - and with this move, he loses.  cali   Nov-09-09 06:16 PM   #3 
  - Then maybe he should learn to play this game.  ThomCat   Nov-09-09 06:29 PM   #14 
     - It is pretty stupid. First he's labeled a warmonger and last a president who lost a war. Legacy.  timeforpeace   Nov-11-09 01:14 AM   #88 
  - All our wars are shams and should be discontinued immediately!  valerief   Nov-09-09 06:15 PM   #2 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-09-09 06:16 PM   #4 
  - I don't support it, but it doesn't surprise me.  TwilightZone   Nov-09-09 06:17 PM   #5 
  - Has he announced his plan?  ProSense   Nov-09-09 06:17 PM   #6 
  - I was just thinking when I  Cha   Nov-09-09 06:22 PM   #12 
     - The sources is a CBS article, which also quote the AEI's Kagan  ProSense   Nov-09-09 06:31 PM   #17 
        - And, get a rise out of the  Cha   Nov-09-09 06:33 PM   #19 
        - True - and there has been a pattern of them doing this  karynnj   Nov-11-09 12:16 PM   #95 
  - If Hillary had done it DU would be burning.  xultar   Nov-09-09 06:18 PM   #7 
  - Of course!  jesus_of_suburbia   Nov-09-09 06:34 PM   #20 
  - No would have said it. Barack was very clear about  impik   Nov-09-09 06:59 PM   #29 
  - And he's very wrong about it  martymar64   Nov-09-09 07:36 PM   #34 
  - Maybe he's wrong and maybe he's right, but  impik   Nov-10-09 07:57 AM   #68 
  - Then many of us need to MAKE IT CLEAR that he will be a one term President. n/t  ShortnFiery   Nov-09-09 09:39 PM   #50 
     - you gonna vote for Palin?  Aramchek   Nov-09-09 09:48 PM   #51 
     - No, but thanks your your typically ignorant response.  ShortnFiery   Nov-10-09 06:21 AM   #61 
     - Go for it  impik   Nov-10-09 07:58 AM   #69 
  - What are you talking about?  spiritual_gunfighter   Nov-10-09 06:59 AM   #64 
     - "Which even McCain thought was a dumb move" Yeah, McCain wanted to go to war with Iran.  SemiCharmedQuark   Nov-10-09 06:07 PM   #83 
  - Clinton, Muller & Gates are advising Obama to escalate in Afghanistan.  Lord Helmet   Nov-11-09 10:51 AM   #92 
  - Easy.  SIMPLYB1980   Nov-09-09 06:19 PM   #8 
  - Then when are you signing up to go?  martymar64   Nov-09-09 07:37 PM   #35 
     - LOL!  SIMPLYB1980   Nov-09-09 07:48 PM   #38 
        - Answer the question  martymar64   Nov-09-09 07:56 PM   #41 
           - I've explained it before in other threads and tire of it.  SIMPLYB1980   Nov-10-09 07:29 AM   #65 
              - Whatever, dude.  martymar64   Nov-10-09 07:16 PM   #84 
                 - As a mother with a loved one currently serving in this province I can tell you I prefer  NavyMom   Nov-11-09 11:24 AM   #94 
  - maybe HIS bible says gay marriage bad, endless war good. nt  msongs   Nov-09-09 06:19 PM   #9 
  - Every single example from history shows that this will be a disaster.  BrklynLiberal   Nov-09-09 06:20 PM   #10 
  - cali is making sense...  branders seine   Nov-09-09 06:22 PM   #11 
  - I almost always make sense.  cali   Nov-09-09 06:28 PM   #13 
     - it's a compliment.  branders seine   Nov-09-09 07:38 PM   #36 
  - No - hell no  Sinti   Nov-09-09 06:29 PM   #15 
  - Playing the game right can be considered a Democratic win.  Oregone   Nov-09-09 06:30 PM   #16 
  - I'm sure that this one will  Autumn   Nov-09-09 06:39 PM   #24 
  - I hope he isn't  Autumn   Nov-09-09 06:33 PM   #18 
  - He told you how he felt about Afghanistan before you voted for him.  Aramchek   Nov-09-09 06:34 PM   #21 
  - I voted for him in *spite* of that, not because of it.  SemiCharmedQuark   Nov-09-09 06:38 PM   #23 
  - Just don't pretend like his actions there are surprising or a sell out of some campaign promise  Aramchek   Nov-09-09 07:33 PM   #33 
  - same here. war is always disappointing. nt  RepublicanElephant   Nov-09-09 08:23 PM   #44 
  - Boy, did he ever.  PurityOfEssence   Nov-09-09 08:10 PM   #43 
  - I know. It's one of the reasons he was next to last on my list.  Forkboy   Nov-09-09 09:35 PM   #46 
  - When we voted for him, we voted for a thinking human being  LittleBlue   Nov-10-09 12:38 AM   #56 
  - Ahhh, everything is clear to me now. Should not have voted.  seaglass   Nov-10-09 04:33 PM   #81 
  - We must fight them over there to keep from fight them here.  LovinLife   Nov-09-09 06:37 PM   #22 
  - I just read "KIte Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns."  spartan61   Nov-09-09 06:43 PM   #25 
  - The author of Kite Runner was one of the experts at one of the SFRC hearings  karynnj   Nov-11-09 12:19 PM   #96 
  - How?  EC   Nov-09-09 06:45 PM   #26 
  - Well this ain't going to be popular  Egnever   Nov-09-09 06:46 PM   #27 
  - Well, he was clear about it during the campaign and  impik   Nov-09-09 06:57 PM   #28 
  - The choice was between Obama and Bomb, bomb, bomb...bomb Iran  IndianaGreen   Nov-09-09 07:00 PM   #30 
  - Well, you made the choice. You can't say you didn't know  impik   Nov-09-09 07:53 PM   #40 
  - Which is exactly what people here are saying  PVnRT   Nov-10-09 06:53 AM   #63 
     - Well, 2012 is not that far  impik   Nov-10-09 08:00 AM   #70 
        - Gee, you forgot to tell me that I just want my pony  PVnRT   Nov-10-09 09:49 AM   #73 
  - That pretty much sums it up.  amandabeech   Nov-10-09 05:23 PM   #82 
  - Wrong then.  bvar22   Nov-09-09 07:02 PM   #31 
     - No one said you had to  Egnever   Nov-09-09 07:19 PM   #32 
  - If the Goal is to prevent them Nukes(within the sphere of influence) from getting into  opihimoimoi   Nov-09-09 07:47 PM   #37 
  - Gen.Jones: "Reports that President Obama has made a decision about Afghanistan are absolutely false"  ProSense   Nov-09-09 07:51 PM   #39 
  - Of course, and we were right to question this statement by  Cha   Nov-09-09 07:59 PM   #42 
  - I don't know...  Starry Messenger   Nov-09-09 08:27 PM   #45 
  - Yes! I want Osama captured as the president said  Garam_Masala   Nov-09-09 09:36 PM   #47 
  - You got me, but I'm sure someone has a rationale that works for them.  Forkboy   Nov-09-09 09:37 PM   #48 
  - NO!  ShortnFiery   Nov-09-09 09:37 PM   #49 
  - Can't, Won't  donheld   Nov-09-09 10:57 PM   #52 
  - Do tell: what is his plan? afaik, he hasn't said anything yet. nt  babylonsister   Nov-09-09 10:59 PM   #53 
  - I totally agree with you. Spend the fricking money on health care  akbacchus_BC   Nov-09-09 11:16 PM   #54 
  - He lost me with this one.  LittleBlue   Nov-10-09 12:36 AM   #55 
  - Most of us don't.  Vidar   Nov-10-09 02:45 AM   #57 
  - I Say We Support The President On This One  Roosesvelte   Nov-10-09 02:51 AM   #58 
  - Afghanistan/Pakistan still harbor those who were involved in the 9/11 attacks.  DCBob   Nov-10-09 05:13 AM   #59 
  - Afghanistan or Pakistan or Iran or Saudi Arabia or Columbia or  cornermouse   Nov-10-09 05:58 AM   #60 
  - +1  ShortnFiery   Nov-10-09 06:23 AM   #62 
  - I am not so sure that bin Laden is even alive.  olegramps   Nov-10-09 10:15 AM   #78 
  - Then we should bomb Saudi Arabia!  IndianaGreen   Nov-10-09 07:56 AM   #67 
  - It's not worth waging a full scale war just to capture a couple of terrorists.  anonymous171   Nov-10-09 07:29 PM   #85 
  - How can anyone here have voted for Pres. Obama last year after he campaigned on this issue? nt  ClarkUSA   Nov-10-09 07:48 AM   #66 
  - Something tells me in an alternate reality, you'd be taking the exact opposite position on this.  rvablue   Nov-10-09 08:02 AM   #71 
  - Single-payer wars ...  GeorgeGist   Nov-10-09 08:32 AM   #72 
  - K&R  PVnRT   Nov-10-09 09:49 AM   #74 
  - Let's not forget that Obama had always said he would focus on Afgan...  quantass   Nov-10-09 09:53 AM   #75 
  - I don't support this bullshit at all.  ej510   Nov-10-09 10:01 AM   #76 
  - I don't support more troops there. But wake up guys, the military is leaking  Jennicut   Nov-10-09 10:10 AM   #77 
  - How can anyone NOT support his decision?  ItNerd4life   Nov-10-09 01:02 PM   #79 
  - He is keeping a promise he made during the campaign  Freddie Stubbs   Nov-10-09 01:06 PM   #80 
  - How could anyone who felt so strongly about this have voted for Obama?  jenmito   Nov-10-09 07:33 PM   #86 
  - Well I think a lot of people  jeanpalmer   Nov-11-09 05:01 AM   #89 
  - He could listen to Gorbachev.  WinkyDink   Nov-10-09 07:45 PM   #87 
  - Yes  jeanpalmer   Nov-11-09 05:14 AM   #90 
  - DU has the same sort of ignorance as FreeRepublic  Onlooker   Nov-11-09 06:00 AM   #91 
  - It was a campaign "promise". Didn't you vote for him? You knew what you were getting.  Hamlette   Nov-11-09 10:53 AM   #93 
  - I knew what we were getting  ProudDad   Nov-11-09 12:25 PM   #97 
  - I'm against it because I see no pending reward worth the known risk  TheKentuckian   Nov-11-09 01:22 PM   #98 
  - It is easy to make the call when you don't really have to make the call. He is privy to  ncteechur   Nov-11-09 06:43 PM   #99 

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