Decisions Will Pave Path to End War

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009 – A range of decisions still…

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009 – A range of decisions still remain for President Barack Obama and his administration to finalize the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the president said in Beijing today.

In separate interviews with traveling press, Obama said Afghans have to responsible for their own security and Pakistan has to be more effectively involved.

“There are a range of things that we know we have to do,” the president told CBS correspondent Chip Reid. “At this point, it’s a matter of fine-tuning a strategy that we can be confident will be successful and also won’t be open-ended.”

Obama has endured complaints that the process for deciding the way forward in Afghanistan is taking too long. Underscoring the importance of the decision, today he said, “This decision will put us on a path towards ending the war.”

The overall goal in Afghanistan is national security, protecting U.S. allies and American interests around the globe, Obama said. Also, Afghanistan must be stable enough to eventually create a smaller U.S. footprint there.

The president also cited his anger about the recent information leaks regarding the Afghan strategy discussions, calling them inappropriate because of the seriousness of the matter and the lives at risk. The source of the leaks will “absolutely” be fired, he said.

“We have these deliberations in the Situation Room for a reason, because we’re making decisions that are life-and-death, that affect how our troops are going to able to operate,” he said.

However, the president said, he is confident he’ll be able to present a strategy to the American people that will be responsible. The decision will be announced over the next several weeks, he said.

“At the end of this process, I’m going to be able to present … in very clear terms, what exactly is at stake, what we intend to do, how we’re going to succeed, how much it’s going to cost, how long it’s going to take,” he told Chuck Todd with NBC. “I think that’s what is owed the American people, because frankly, over the last several years, that’s not what they’ve gotten.”

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  • Brian

    You can’t win in Afghanistan. Look at the Russians who were there for 15 years and see all their messed up vets. Despite all the talk, the US will leave just like Saigon and the place will go to hell again….presently, the war is just pushing the terrorists into Pakistan. If this goes on long enough, Pakistan will end up like what happened to Laos and Cambodia…casualties of then Vietnam and now Aghanistan….the Aghan govt is corrupt, lazy, and their soldiers won’t fight just like the South Vietnamese govt…..but this time, the Russians lost too.

  • TOM K.

    this guy is a dick,he has no clue what he is doing ,the war is over when we win.if he will let us win.