The Nobel Peace Prize winner quietly ordered 15,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
In an unannounced move, President Obama is dispatching up to 15,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan beyond the 21,000 he announced in March.
The additional troops are primarily support forces — such as engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police.
A Washington Post report published Tuesday said Obama dispatched 13,000 additional troops, but an unnamed defense official familiar with the process told Fox News that the number is closer to 15,000.
“Obama authorized the whole thing. The only thing you saw announced in a press release was the 21,000,” a defense official, speaking anonymously, told the Washington Post.
But in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, a defense official refuted that the dispatch was “unannounced,” saying the decision to send 15,000 additional troops was part of a larger move to reach 68,000 troops in Afghanistan by year’s end — a move that Defense Secretary Robert Gates cleared with Obama in March, the official said.
I’m glad that he’s finally listening to General McChrystal and other military commanders in sending support. I posed Obama’s dilemma on air last week: he has to choose between making the Nobel committee honest in their award by allowing the Afghan mission to fail, or he has to listen to our military commanders and send more troops to finish the job. He has to choose between popularity or American interests.
It appears he chose to listen to our military commanders. That is how liberals will spin it too; when Bush listened to our military it was bad, he was a war-monger, evil, people took to the streets with this imagery. Obama makes the exact same choice and liberals will say that he’s protecting American interests. They’ll sound like conservatives and not even know it. If that’s what it takes to get them to support American interests and our troops, I’ll take it.
Forty-thousand additional troops are expected to be deployed as per a March committment. This first installment is just the beginning; let’s see if Obama continues.
Wonder if Nobel will rethink their prize upon hearing this news?