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BirminghamExaminer Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:00 AM
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President Obama rejects proposals by security chiefs on Afghanistan
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After meeting with his security team, Wednesday evening, President Obama rejected all the proposals for a strategy for the war in Afghanistan. This was the eight meeting President Obama held with his security chiefs. Earlier in the week the New York Times reported that there were four proposals on the table that involved sending either 20,000+ troops, 30,000 or even 40,000 troops.

Obama rejected the proposals presented to him, indicating he was looking for a plan that would show that America's involvement in Afghanistan is not 'open-ended.' The president would like to see a strategy that includes a time line for American troop involvement.

Sometime during the last few days, American Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry reportedly sent missives to the White House advising President Obama that no additional troops should be sent to Afghanistan, largely because of the corruption in the Afghanistan government. Eikenberry is a retired four star General with on the ground experience in Afghanistan.
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Chemisse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:08 AM
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1. Here is where we see if Obama can be a brilliant leader
I am hoping he picks a strategy that makes sense (preferably getting the hell out of there sometime really soon) and has the courage to suffer the political consequences.

My fear is that he will try to make everybody happy with some kind of average between all the proposals. That is not the kind of leadership we voted for, but there have been signs that that is what we got.
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BirminghamExaminer Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 05:42 AM
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2. It's time for Obama to stand up and be president
He needs to say no to McChyrstal (however you spell his name). He was a bad choice in the first place. It almost sounds like Obama might actually take a stand on this. I sure hope so.
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excess_3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-12-09 06:15 AM
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3. that is exactly right.. well written ,nt
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