President Obama to Announce his Afghanistan Strategy December 1st
From Politico. President Obama will announce his Afghanistan strategy on Tuesday possibly in prime time.
President Obama is expected to announce his Afghanistan policy with an address to the nation next Tuesday, Dec. 1, likely in prime time, officials told POLITICO.
Obama held his ninth formal Afghanistan strategy session in the Situation Room on Monday night.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement: “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.”
The decision is shaping up as one of the most momentous of Obama’s presidency, coming as the public is turning negative toward the war effort and his fellow Democrats are growing increasingly vocal in their opposition to a troop buildup in Afghanistan.
President Obama and his team seem to understand the human cost of war, the precious lives of our men and women in uniform and the many civilian casualities. But they also seem to be paying attention to the monetary cost, which has been ignored since the beginning, and is often overlooked by your typical "War Hawks."
I just saw this photo of President Obama's recent meeting with his War Council and I couldn't help but notice Peter Orszag, budget director, was sitting at the table. This tells me they are very concerned about the cost.
Some Democrats are talking about imposing a tax to pay for the war. Upon discussing that, Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe, MSNBC) made a comment like "wow-look at all these new taxes. If I am a business man, I would not want to hire anyone." Another person on the panel said "So how would you pay for the war?" He seemed caught off guard and said something like "Well I've said we should scale back in the war. I would not do anything that would require so much spending."
It's revealing how people like McCain-who advocated for a spending freeze during his campaign-have totally ignored the huge price tag of the wars and now demand that President Obama send in the maximum number of troops. These same people complain about the cost of health care reform, but that's peanuts compared to what we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I know many say Obama is just another spend-aholic liberal, but I see someone who is actually addressing cost in a serious way and very concerned about reducing the deficit. Did Bush even think about the cost of these wars along the way? It was not even included in his budget. That speaks volumes.