Just on the heels of the “Peace Prize” – Obama Quietly Authorizes Up to 15,000 More U.S. Troops for Afghanistan
“Obama authorized the whole thing. The only thing you saw announced in a press release was the 21,000,” a defense official, speaking anonymously, told the Washington Post.
On Tuesday, a defense official refuted that the dispatch was “unannounced,” saying the decision to send 15,000 additional troops was part of a larger move to reach 68,000 troops in Afghanistan by year’s end — a move that Defense Secretary Robert Gates cleared with Obama in March, the official said.
The revelation comes as Obama weighs a request from the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, for more combat, training and support troops, with several options including one for 40,000 more forces.