Report: Obama announcing Afghanistan plans next week

The president is reportedly ready to unveil his decision about what to do next in the ongoing war

Published November 24, 2009 3:39PM (EST)

For weeks now, President Obama's been under pressure to announce his next move in Afghanistan. And for weeks, the White House has tried to buy him some time. But now it appears that he's ready to unveil the decision he's made.

Politico's Mike Allen reports that Obama is likely to make the announcement next week, perhaps in a prime-time address to the country on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Obama held a final meeting Monday night, leading White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to release a statement in which he said, "After completing a rigorous final meeting, President Obama has the information he wants and needs to make his decision and he will announce that decision within days."

It seems certain that the president will decide to send more U.S. troops to the country -- the question is how many. Liberals, at this point, are disillusioned with the war, and would like the number kept low, or would like a withdrawal begun, but Obama's under pressure to conform to recommendations from his commanding general, who's said he needs about 40,000 additional soldiers.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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