March 27, 2009

Obama Adminstration adopts new Afghanistan strategy

Per The Washington Post, President Barack Obama has laid out a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The new strategy includes significant increases in military spending on the war, increasing aid to Pakistan to $1.5 billion a year, and adding 4,000 military trainers and advisers from the 82nd Airborne Division. The new strategy has not been officially released by the Obama administration. The President will officially announce the changes at a NATO summit on April 3-4.

Per MSNBC's First Read the Obama administration appears to be minimizing the military aspect of the war. Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro raise the point that, "...this is a dramatic shift away from the philosophy some in the Bush administration pushed -- which was democracy for Afghanistan."

Public reaction on Twitter was mixed. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) was the only major elected official to tweet a response.

  1. ChuckGrassley
    ChuckGrassley (Iowa) Listning Prez on FOX anounce his Afhgan stategy Now it bcomes Obama War Not Bush war any longer
  2. Frank Canzolino
    FrankCanzolino (Elmhurst, Ill.) #tcot Obviously, Bush has won Iraq, allowing for troop reinforcements in Afghanistan, which we should begin calling Obama's war
  3. Kadiyah Davis
    Kadiyah (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) Obama just announced that more troops and more money will be invested in the war in Afghanistan. What about our ECONOMY?
  4. Kurt  Bestor
    kbestor (Salt Lake City, Utah) Obama just presented plan for Afghanistan. Finally US using world community and diplomacy instead of only weapons. Women rights pushed .A+
  5. Mark Rush
    mrush909 (Location undisclosed) Is wondering why there is not the same outcry about extra troups going into Afghanistan as there was with Itaq.
  6. Darrin Jackson
    thisisnomad (Location undisclosed) Im watching the news. They are calling Afghanistan, Obama's war. WTF? They are tryn to dump all of Bush's mess on Obama. Rewrite History.
  7. Calminaion
    KingRobertIV (Louisiana) He's not commiting nearly enough troops; Thinks he can police pakistan and afghanistan

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