Obama to Unveil Afghan Endgame

30K troop boost may go down easier with exit talk
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2009 3:51 AM CST
Obama to Unveil Afghan Endgame
President Barack Obama and his first lady chat before they welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife to a State Dinner last week.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – When President Obama announces his planned boost in US troops in Afghanistan tomorrow, he'll also reveal his exit outline, according to administration sources. "He wants to give a clear sense of both the time frame for action and how the war will eventually wind down," an insider told the New York Times. The president will discuss the plans at West Point as he reveals an expected 30,000 increase in US fighters in the nation.

The official would not reveal details of the time frame, but said it will not be as firm as the deadline currently in place in Iraq, and it would not be tied to specific conditions in Afghanistan. Foreign officials briefed on the plans said Americans made clear that the US would remain in the nation a long time to signal Pakistan that the US will not abandon the region.
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