Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan By Jonathan S. Landay

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By Jonathan S. Landay
McClatchy Newspapers
Nov. 7, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it until after he consults with key allies and completes a trip to Asia later this month, administration and military officials have told McClatchy.

As it now stands, the administration’s plan calls for sending three Army brigades from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. and a Marine brigade, for a total of as many as 23,000 additional combat and support troops.

Another 7,000 troops would man and support a new division headquarters for the international force’s Regional Command (RC) South in Kandahar, the Taliban birthplace where the U.S. is due to take command in 2010. Some 4,000 additional U.S. trainers are likely to be sent as well, the officials said.

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via Obama leaning toward 34,000 more troops for Afghanistan | McClatchy

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  5. Pissing away more troops into the endless hole of Afghanistan is pointless and wasteful of life and property in a war that is unwinnable and which we hae no business being involved!

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