President to Send Additional Troops to Afghanistan

30,000 troops and a plan to begin a draw-down in July 2011

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In a speech at West Point last night, President Obama announced he will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan starting early next year.  He also discussed an exit strategy that he hopes to start in July, 2011. In a brief trip through the looking glass, it's the Republicans who (mostly) seem to have Obama's back this time and not the Democrats. Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has reactions on Capitol Hill, from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), to President Obama's Afghanistan policy.  We're also joined by Michael Gerson, President George W. Bush's chief speech writer from 2000 to 2006 and now a senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement.


Michael Gerson and Todd Zwillich


David J Fazekas and Clancy Nolan

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As Michael Gerson calmly and convincingly stated that Obama's West Point speech was effectively a continuation of the Bush Doctrine on preemptive action in the wake of 9/11, and that Obama has a very hard time leading a "surge" in Afghanistan, when he had opposed the successful surge in Iraq -- well, I thought that the heads of John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee might explode. Turns out that Hockenberry managed to finish a professional and fair interview. It was only Celeste Headlee who seemingly exploded. And Gerson handily managed it. Most amusing.

Dec. 02 2009 11:41 AM

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