Obama on Afghanistan Alex Altonji, Kelly Glavin, Rachel Miller Political Science 003U http://www.historynetshop.com/mh0908.html Background Beginning Intention Controversy over troop levels Consult advice of three factions: Advisors Congress Military Troops in Afghanistan
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Alex Altonji, Kelly Glavin, Rachel Miller
Political Science 003U
“There is a unanimity of opinion about what our objective is, and the objective is to disable and destroy Al Qaeda and remove that threat to our national security. Obviously, there are a variety of opinions about how best to achieve that objective, and it’s valuable and important to hear those views.”
-- David Axelrod
(senior advisor to Obama)
As quoted in the New York Times
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed Afghanistan during a news briefing at the Pentagon on September 3rd.
John McCain: “. . . more troops were “vitally needed” in Afghanistan and that any delay in ordering more combat forces to the fight would put American lives at risk.” (The New York Times)
John Boehner: “’I think it's imperative that the American people and members of Congress hear directly from Gen. McChrystal about the situation on the ground . . .’” (CNN)
Carl Levin: “laid out the emerging position of Congressional Democrats by insisting that accelerated efforts to train and equip Afghan security forces should precede any deployment of American troops beyond those already committed by the Obama administration.” (The New York Times)
John Kerry: “’The prescriptions ranged from dramatically reducing the footprint to expanding our commitment of troops and money to a level that would basically constitute pretty significant nation building,’ he said at the start of Thursday's hearing.” (CNN)