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Breaking News: President Obama Rejects All Military Options For Afghanistan

by on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 10:52 pm EDT in Afghanistan, Politics, World

The Associated Press reports from an undisclosed Administration official that President Barack Obama has rejected all four military options for Afghanistan.  The source revealed that the President is looking for a way to make clear that the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan is not open ended:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Obama still is close to announcing his revamped war strategy, most likely shortly after he returns from a trip to Asia that ends on Nov. 19.


The main sticking points appear to be timelines and mounting questions about the credibility of the Afghan government.

Administration officials said Wednesday that Obama wants to make clear that the U.S. commitment in Afghanistan is not open-ended. The war is now in its ninth year and is claiming U.S. lives at a record pace as military leaders say the Taliban has the upper hand in many parts of the country.

The options presented to Obama by his war council are likely to be amended.

Rachel Maddow just spoke to that Associated Press reporter who broke the story:



Rupert Murdoch has forced YouTube to remove channel operator, News1News, since they do a fine job of catching Fox News in lies, hypocrisies, and distortions.  Unfortunately, the video above was disabled, as a result.  It wasn’t a Fox News clip, but it had been supplied by that same YouTube operator.  If you’d like to read more about this move by Rupert Murdoch — to cover up his propaganda network’s lies — there’s a good article on it over at The Raw Story.