December 1st, 2009
10:02 PM ET

Obama outlines strategy for 'successful conclusion'

Update: 8:35 p.m. ET: Obama ends his address saying, "America – we are passing through a time of great trial. And the message that we send in the midst of these storms must be clear: that our cause is just, our resolve unwavering."

Update: 8:14 p.m. ET: Obama says,  "It is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan."

Update: 8:05 p.m. ET: President Obama begins outlining his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, a strategy he says will bring the war "to a successful conclusion."

Update: 6:36 p.m. ET:  'Common security of the world' is at stake, Obama to tell the United States in a televised address, according to excerpts from the speech.

Update 12:17 p.m. ET:  President Barack Obama intends to conclude the Afghanistan war and withdraw most U.S. troops within three years, according to senior administration officials.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, White House officials tell CNN.

The president will travel to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, for a speech to the nation that is expected to announce his second escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan since he came to power in January.

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  1. Jeffrey

    I cannot send men to there death and sit at home while they are dying , I worry myself about getting alot of troops in and around one position and Iran sends a nuclear weapon amongst our troops , we know these countries do not like Americans why are we in there wars , yes America wanted revenge for 911 why do we feel death will justify more death,
    I see alot of people that are saying send more troops how can a person blogging on web sites send men to there possible death , so when you say send more troops , think of whats the worst that can happen we will be in Iraq, Afganistan, helping control Pakistan and it still looks like Iran before this War could end , I do not see an end to this only death to Americans and the Arabic countries.

    December 1, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    It is simply NOT our job, nor the charge of our military, to build nation-states out of traditionally tribal regions that have ZERO history of a strong central government, much less a democratic one. We HAVE NO strategic military mission in this land. There is NO threat to our national security from this land that is worth these billions upon billions of dollars that we do not have, and certainly not worth the lives we will lose. More troops will just create more animosity, more cost, more death and injury. THIS IS INSANE. I was a very strong Obama supporter, but now I must not be silent. I will urge all of Congress to stand up to the President and NOT PAY for this fiasco.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ROBERT ROBINSON

    THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY ADDING MORE TROOPS NO MATTER WHO SENDS THEM IN, IN THE END THE ONLY THING THAT WILL BE LEFT IS THE DEBT WE WILL ALL BE PAYING, THE PROBLEM WITH THAT ENTIRE AREA WHICH INCLUDES IRAN IS THAT THE WAR WILL NOT STOP IN AFGHANISTAN IT WILL GO ACROSS ALL BORDERS UNTIL IT HITS ISREAL AND THAN IT WILL BE ALL OVER FOR THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT.
    THE GROUPS THAT FALL INTO WHAT CALLED TERRIORIST FOLLOWERS WILL NOT REST UNTIL THEY HAVE PULLED THE WORLD AS A WHOLE INTO WORLD WAR THREE AND THIS IS NOT AS FAR OFF AS IT SEEMS. WE AS A NATION OF AMERICANS NEED TO TAKE A STAND IN A RESPECFULL WAY AND TELL WASHINGTON ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WE CANNOT SOLVE THE WORLDS PROBLEMS, WE HAVE ENOUGH OF OUR OWN TO SOLVE I.E. UNEMPLOYMENT, HOMELESS CHILDREN, DRUGS AND SO, WE HAVE TO CLEAN UP OUR YARD BEFORE WE GO ELSEWHERE TRYING TO CLEAN UP OTHER MISSES, IT IS TIME AMERICA GETS BACK TO BASICS AND THAT MEANS LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT ANSWERS FROM ABOVE

    December 1, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Barnacle Bill

    We haven't fought a war worth fighting since I was born (Aug '45). This is another waste of lives and money. We can't and shouldn't try to be the world's policeman. We don't have the moral authority to tell others how to live. (Our country was founded on slavery, nicotine, and alcohol after we inadvertently wiped out the natives with cowpox & small pox. We may have improved, yet we now have guns and pollution as major exports. Let's fix our own house first.) I don't understand, and never have, why killing others is so attractive to my fellow citizens – we just don't stop.

    December 1, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    I believe our being in Afghanistan is worth it because the people there, on the whole, really seem to want a modern state. But it is tricky in the extreme. Somehow, ideas for a modern state must be reconciled with the idea of theocracy for theocracy is built right in to the fabric of the Muslim religion. I find it interesting that Islam was revealed during a time in history when Christianity was itself experimenting with being a theocracy, something that the Gospel being against is a fair interpretation. I know how repugnant the idea of theocracy is to our modern notions of religeous freedom. Historically, Islam, interestingly enough, has a much better track record on systemic religious tolerance than Christianity does. I know there are people in the state department who can see what I'm talking about. I believe these things are possible.

    As far as our being in Afghanistan is part of the war on terror, it is clear that the U.S. must do all it can to resolve the sources of extremism such as the Arab/Israeli conflict and American greed for Middle East oil.

    December 1, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |