November 30th, 2009
12:43 PM ET

Around the Web: Obama's announcement

A round-up of news and commentaries from CNN as well as other media and Web sites. 

On Tuesday night, President Obama will outline the new U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He reportedly will announce the decision to increase the number of the troops in the theater by more than 30,000.  

News of the plan has already met skepticism with Obama's own party.   "I think he has to make a speech that shows that all of our efforts are pointed to our reduced presence in Afghanistan, but I think he has to also indicate again and again how critical this is to our national security," Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a West Point graduate, told CNN's "State of the Union." 

And questions are already arising on how to pay for the war. Time.com reports that Obama is facing increasing pressure from Congress to justify the cost of the Afghan war, now in its ninth year.

Obama will outline a time frame for ending the war in Afghanistan, according to the New York Times.

The exit plan to eventually draw down troops was confirmed by an unidentified senior official, who said that the president will tell the nation about how he will order more troops into the country then eventually call on Kabul to take over the fight, the paper reported.

The official told the Times that the schedule would not “be as firm as the current schedule for withdrawing troops in Iraq.”

In other news and commentary

The president has offered neighboring Pakistan a broader partnership in the war against terror, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper said the U.S. proposal was delivered by national security adviser James Jones earlier this month.

The U.S. has promised more military and economic help for Pakistan, while Islamabad needs to increase its efforts to battle five insurgent groups, including the Taliban, the paper reported. The effort faces the obstacle of a lack of trust between the nations.

"It's going to be a game of cat-and-mouse with them for a while," a senior official in the Obama administration told the Post.

The increase of 30,000 troops will fall short a request from Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, for 40,000 more war fighters. But the White House also is expected to announce a different tact for building Afghanistan’s defense forces, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Dan Plesch of the Guardian newspaper in England says the military effort in Afghanistan needs to come to some realizations, among them, the fact that al-Qaeda lured the U.S. into Afghanistan.

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