Friday, March 27, 2009

On Ground Updates: Afghanistan/Pakistan - March 27, 2009

On Ground Updates:
President Obama unveils new comprehensive strategy today on Afghanistan/Pakistan War

Friday, March 27, 2009
President Obama unveiled from the White House today a new comprehensive strategy to defeat Al Qaeda and ensure stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan which in part includes sending an additional four-thousand U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
White House photo by Lawrence Jackson
The White House Blog has the following posting on their website this afternoon and it goes in part like this…
The President put forth the central question:
Many people in the United States -- and many in partner countries that have sacrificed so much -- have a simple question: What is our purpose in Afghanistan? After so many years, they ask, why do our men and women still fight and die there? And they deserve a straightforward answer.
And gave his answer:
So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future. That's the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just…

Read the Post in full at link below…
A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Link updated: Above link now has full Transcript and Video
Also from the White House today…
Read the White Paper on the new policy (pdf)
. REUTERS has this report today on President Obama’s new Afghan/Pakistan War Strategy and it starts off like this…
In the space of a month, President Barack Obama has shifted U.S. strategy from George W. Bush's fixation on Iraq to a renewed focus on Afghanistan, where many Americans thought it should have always been… After outlining in February an 18-month timetable to end U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Obama announced on Friday a policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan that will funnel more military and civilian aid to the two countries where Islamic extremism is the biggest threat to U.S. interests… In so doing, Obama made some not-so-subtle jabs at former President Bush, saying for example that the United States would not "blindly stay the course" -- a turn on the phrase Bush sometimes employed to describe his persistence in Iraq…
Read the full report (which is more of a BUSH/Iraq War bashing) at link below…
Obama shifts strategy from Bush policy
. brings us the following report and News Video today…
Obama Declares U.S. Must Push Harder Against the Taliban, Al-Qaeda…
Obama Says Afghanistan Is 'Increasingly Perilous'
* Watch their News Video HERE
. had this take on the new Obama Strategy… Mr. Obama's talk of an exit strategy is premature and dangerous…

Obama's new plans for Afghanistan

About this news video: President Barack Obama says the US will adopt new tactics for defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, including broader diplomatic engagement, the deployment of 4,000 more troops and new reconstruction efforts
This news video posted on YouTube by france24english

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