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The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Sends 30,000 Troops to Afghanistan

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Sends 30,000 Troops to Afghanistan


President Barack Obama announced his plans to deploy around 30,000 troops to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced his plans to deploy around 30,000 troops to Afghanistan

Addressing the United States in a broadcasted speech President Barack Obama announced his plans to deploy around 30,000 troops to Afghanistan after reviewing the nations strategy at the West Point military academy in New York.  Although this deployment if US military is not being labeled an invasion, the announcement comes on the heels of the deadliest couple of months during the war in Iraq, a fight that has been taking place for at least eight years. President Obama has also announced plans to begin pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan in 18 months, a decision that is said to instill a sense of urgency in the Afghan government to become a trustworthy sovereignty free of corruption; a task that hasn’t always been the easiest to accomplish.

“I do not make this decision lightly,” he said. “I opposed the war in Iraq precisely because I believe that we must exercise restraint in the use of military force, and always consider the long-term consequences of our actions.”

Sending troops won’t come cheap to the American public, not surprisingly. It’s been estimated that the deployment will cost an outstanding $32.4 billion dollars, which sounds like a much bigger number if you think about the fact that our economies recovery is at a stand still – not getting better, but thankfully not any worse. As much as this military push is costing Americans, it necessary. Obama claims that the border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan is the center of Al-Qaeda activity, and is threatening the safety of the nation. While watching his address to his constituents, you could sense the urgency in his voice, something I hadn’t seen from an official since 9/11.

He said new attacks were “being plotted as I speak” and that al-Qaeda and its allies must also face “growing pressure and strong partnerships” in Yemen and Somalia. Mr Obama insisted that the core goal of the refined strategy was unchanged: to disrupt, dismantle and eventually defeat al-Qaeda and to ensure the Taliban could not overthrow the Afghan Government.

So in the next couple months more lives will be put on the line for the safety of a nation. I’m sure this was a very difficult decision for the President to come to, (especially seeing that in his campaign he basically promised the troops would be home by now), but as difficult as it’s been, it also seems necessary. Right?

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Visits the Middle East

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Visits the Middle East


The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Visits the Middle East

The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Visits the Middle East

This week US President Barack Obama made a trip overseas to discuss and strategize the relationship between the United States and the Middle East. In an effort to create open dialogue between the two parties, President Obama traveled first to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to speak with Saudi King Abdullah about a host of problems, from Arab – Israeli peace efforts to Iran’s nuclear program. Obama’s discussion with King Abdullah came one day before he was to give his highly anticipated and important speech in Egypt concerning the United States relationship with the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.

President Obama has been promising this speech since his election last year. It was apart of one of his many platforms to discuss and mend the difficult relationship the US has with the worlds population of Muslims.

“You know, there are misapprehensions about the West, on the part of the Muslim world,” Obama said in a pre-trip interview with the BBC. “And, obviously, there are some big misapprehensions about the Muslim world when it comes to those of us in the West.”

The President delivered his address Thursday in Cairo that encouraged a strong and civil parternership between the US and those that follow Islam. He touched on several subjects including violent extremism, nuclear weapons in Iran, and his efforts to root out terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama also acknowledged the ongoing tension between Israel and Palestinian and voiced his views on what each side should do to end the standoff.

“The President really sees this as an opportunity to continue a dialogue he’s had since his inauguration — you saw that in his Al Arabiya interview, in his Nowruz message, in his speech in Turkey, among other things — to really start a new chapter of engagement between the United States and Muslim world.”

If you would like to read the speech President Obama gave in Cairo Egypt, you can check out The White House website.

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Pledges Support to Pakistan & Afghanistan

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The World According to M.I.S.S.: Obama Pledges Support to Pakistan & Afghanistan


President Obama

President Obama

Wednesday May 6, 2009 President Barack Obama pledged support of Pakistan in it’s deepening war with al Quaeda and Taliban militants who are responsible for killing innocent civilians and challenging democratically elected officials in the country. The President, along with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan met and collaborated together with one common goal in mind. This goal according to Obama was to meet “as three sovereign nations joined by a common goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban”. To achieve this goal Obama said he believes the leaders need to deny extremists space and opportunity to operate and bring a better life to the civilians of these two countries.

“Along the border, where insurgents often move freely, we must work together with a renewed sense of partnership to share intelligence and to coordinate our efforts to isolate, target and take out our common enemy,” President Obama said.

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also held talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan leaders earlier in the day. These talks were attended by foreign, defense, intelligence and agriculture ministers from both countries as well as several members of the Obama administration. The talks addressed initiatives to “improve security, boosting economic development and trade and increasing opportunities for both populations”.

“While we will need high level of support in days to come, we will also be far more transparent in our actions,” Zardari told the group. “Here, me, my friend, President Karzai, and the United States assure the world, that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the world to fight this cancer and this threat.”

By having these leaders meet with Obama and several members of his cabinet, the United States hopes to enlist them as partners in combating terrorism on a global scale.

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