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“Not Open Ended…” (9 years later)
President Barack Obama has issued orders for the implementation of his Afghanistan strategy to military officials and cabinet members, spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Monday.
“The Commander in Chief delivered the orders,” said Gibbs, adding that the calls went out from the Oval Office between 5 and 6 p.m on Sunday afternoon, communicating his strategy to allied world leaders. Obama is slated to meet with roughly 30 select members of Congress to discuss his plans on Tuesday. And the president is set to meet on Monday with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in addition to hosting phone conversations with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.
Obama’s strategy is believed to include an escalation of approximately 30,000 troops in the nine-year-long war. Gibbs added that in Obama’s Tuesday night speech detailing the Afghanistan strategy to the American public, the president will stress that America’s commitment to the war is not open-ended.
Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
LiveStream: The White House
November 30, 2009 1:00 PM EST
November 30, 2009 1:15 PM EST
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An Open Letter To President Obama From Michael Moore
Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night ( and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike.
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