Afghan Troop Decision Expected Next Week

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President Obama is expected to make an announce concerning his Afghan troop decision next Tuesday. From the Washington Post:

"After completing a rigorous final meeting, President Obama has the information he wants and needs to make his decision and he will announce that decision within days," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in an e-mailed statement early Tuesday.

While Gibbs did not specify a date, another administration official — speaking on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made — said the president would likely explain his thinking to the American people Dec. 1. Administration officials also said that the top U.S. general and the U.S ambassador in Afghanistan have been told to prepare to testify as early as next week before the congressional committees that would consider additional war funding requests.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry have not been given a date for their congressional appearance, officials said, but have been told that their testimony would quickly follow Obama's announcement, so that they could offer details and support for the president's strategy for how to proceed with the eight-year-old war.

Opinion polls show that most Americans believe the war is no longer worth fighting."


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