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Old 11-24-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
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Default Obama to announce 30,000 Afghan troop increase next week

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White House sources indicated that Mr Obama is preparing to address Americans in a live prime-time broadcast next Monday followed by testimony before Congress by senior figures such as his Pentagon chief Bob Gates.

The same sources said Mr Obama was close to deciding on an increase of between 30,000 and 35,000 more American troops in addition to the 68,000 currently in Afghanistan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...next-week.html

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Democratic Lawmakers Propose "War Tax"

There's talk of a "war tax" to pay for any troop surge in Afghanistan.

Wisconsin Democratic Congressman David Obey and Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin say if a troop influx is ordered in Afghanistan, it should be financed with a special "war tax."

Obey chairs the House Appropriations Committee, while Levin chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs sidestepped questions from reporters today about the White House position on a war tax

http://rochesterhomepage.net/content...xt/?cid=136791

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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I'm glad he's doing this - it's desperately needed, IMO.

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Old 11-24-2009, 07:41 PM   #3
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Its about time!

But shit, now their gonna tax us even more for it.
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I'll wait for the announcement. Right now it looks like he's not gonna send any more troops at all.
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Its about time!
I agree. Get it done!
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Its about time!

But shit, now their gonna tax us even more for it.
It's necessary and it has to be paid for somehow. They need to cut a lot of other crap out but that's a separate issue.

In fact, it would be nice if all wars were paid for by a special war tax. We have too many armchair patriots in this country. A war tax demands a broader sacrifice, and it doesn't stick future generations with the bill.
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It's necessary and it has to be paid for somehow. They need to cut a lot of other crap out but that's a separate issue.

In fact, it would be nice if all wars were paid for by a special war tax. We have too many armchair patriots in this country. A war tax demands a broader sacrifice, and it doesn't stick future generations with the bill.
Thats fine if i went away after the war.

As far as screwing future generations that's already in the works.
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I'll wait for the announcement. Right now it looks like he's not gonna send any more troops at all.

Why? Because you don't want him to?

He took a LONG time with this...deliberated...asked questions...I have to guess that the dude did his due diligence...and he decided to make the right decision.

I'm sorry it's not to your liking, but it IS the correct decision.
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Why? Because you don't want him to?

He took a LONG time with this...deliberated...asked questions...I have to guess that the dude did his due diligence...and he decided to make the right decision.

I'm sorry it's not to your liking, but it IS the correct decision.

Pay attention everyone, Rev's just gave Obama credit

I kind of agree with you, he didn't rush to make a decision. The only thing that bothered me is that he said he would listen to his generals regarding the war, and then he almost dismissed what they were asking for.

Now, if he does "escalate" the war in Afghanistan, is the left going to jump all over him like they did when Bush approved the surge in Iraq?
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Yes, contrary to the opinions of a select few, I HAVE given credit to Obama on the few rare occasions he's actually warranted it.

However, seems the British SecDef does not share my view:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nat...tory?track=rss

UK defense minister: Obama's delay hurts Britain's ability to rally support on Afghanistan

LONDON (AP) — British defense secretary Bob Ainsworth says the United States' delay in deciding how many reinforcements to send to Afghanistan has harmed his country's ability to rally public support for the war.

Ainsworth told the House of Commons defense committee Tuesday that the "period of hiatus" President Barack Obama had taken on Afghanistan was one of the things that "have mitigated against our ability to show progress" there.

Public skepticism in Britain has hardened as increasing numbers of troops have been killed. Some 235 U.K. troops have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

Since mid-September, Obama has held 10 meetings of his Afghanistan strategy review. The White House says Obama will announce his decision within days.
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