She Is Focused

December 1, 2009

President Obama To Deploy Additional Troops

Filed under: BBC News,Chat 'bout — Felicia @ 5:12 pm

Tonight President Barack Obama will be giving a speech this evening at the West Point military academy on the deployment of 30,000 additional troops needed in Afghanistan.  Presently 68,000 troops are already in place and the President promises that a withdrawal of US troops will commence by the end of his term in 2012. After several months of meetings with top advisers, the president will be sending over the troops made up of 9,000 Marines and 21,000 regular soldiers.

The war which has been on-going for 8 years now under the Bush administration is been passed down to our current president, and it’s a situation that he was well prepared to handle upon announcing his run for presidency. Once of President Obama’s main points of speech during his campaign was the withdrawal of our US troops. So naturally an announcement made to send over additional troops does not sit very well with many Americans.

According to the BBC News website, an unnamed NATO diplomat told AP news agency on Tuesday that President Obama had asked European allies to contribute between 5,000 and 10,000 new troops to Afghanistan. But President Nicolas Sarkozy’s special envoy to Afghanistan told AFP news agency France had ruled out sending more troops, although Paris might send military trainers. On Monday, Britain confirmed it was sending 500 more troops, taking the UK’s total deployment there to 10,000.

Unsurprisingly President Obama’s approval ratings have began to decline, although he hasn’t completed a full year of presidency just yet. Tonight’s speech may possibly add more to this decline. One of the reasons I voted for President Obama was due to his persistence concerning bringing our troops home. I’m trying to remain unbiased and wait to hear what the president has to say about the additional troops being sent over.


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