President Obama – 30,000 Troops to Afghanistan
President Obama shared his plan openly with the U.S. to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The President believes that the safety of the American people is dependant upon winning the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Obama knows there are many Americans who are skeptical of the plan to carry on the eight – year fight against terrorism and he plans to “reverse the momentum” of the Al Qaeda and Taliban uprising. President Obama sees that this task will not be easy. All hope is not lost in Afghanistan but the country has not taken efficient steps to move itself up to speed with the rest of the world. President Obama believes that this war is “a war of necessity” and stated that, “ordering a military buildup will add tens of billions to the federal deficit and escalate a conflict that has split the country”.
The speech presented by the President was rather passive but he had much more passion than normal. To combat this fight, 100,000 troops will be in Afghanistan by the end of the summer. The main goal though of the President is to withdraw the 30,000 troops sent over by July of 2011 and let the Afghan army and police take more responsibility. The rest of the troops will remain in Afghanistan until further notice. President Obama states, “If I did not think that the security of the United States and the safety of the American people were at stake in Afghanistan, I would gladly order every single one of our troops home tomorrow”. His plan will cost around $30 billion and states that he will work with Congress in finding a way to pay for this large bill. If more troops are added by the allies, the total surge force will equal to around 40,000 troops in request of the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan – General Stanley McChrystal.