President Obama Announces Decision

blog post 12-02

President Obama addresses West Point Cadets and guests on December 1, 2009, announcing his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan over the next months. Photo Couresty:Tommy Gilligan, Pointer View.

Last night President Barack Obama addressed over 4200 West Point cadets and guests at the United States Military Academy’s Eisenhower Hall.  In his speech, the President said, “I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.  After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.  These are the resources that we need to seize the initiative, while building the Afghan capacity that can allow for a responsible transition of our forces out of Afghanistan.”

What do you think? We would like to hear your thoughts on the President’s newly released strategy for the military in Afghanistan.

Check out www.army.mil to read the President’s entire address and visit the Department of Defense’s official Afghanistan and Pakistan Policy page to learn more about the Military’s strategies.