Dems on Afghan Plan: Not Change We Can Believe In

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WASHINGTON -- Now that President Barack Obama has announced his Afghanistan troop surge strategy, administration officials will begin the messy task of trying to sell his plan to Congress.

As top administration officials testify this week on the president's call for 30,000 new troops, the Democratic-controlled Congress is not thrilled with plan.

Dr. Charles Dunn, dean of Regent University School of Government, appeared spoke with CBN News about President Obama's Afghan war strategy and why he gave everyone a reason to be unhappy with his policy. Click play for the interview.

CBN News White House Correspondent David Brody appeared on the CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss the president's plan. Click here to watch the interview.

They have issues with the cost and whether it's even worth it or - to coin a campaign phrase - this isn't necessarily "change they can believe in."

"Al Qaeda is not principally based in Afghanistan anymore, and so I have a very serious question about this," Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., said.

Republicans overall approve of the troop buildup, but are pushing back against the president's plan to set a deadline for troop withdrawal.

"These additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011," the president said in Tuesday night's address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The deadline to start pulling out leaves the president feeling heat from the right and from the left, although the president left himself an out, saying he will evaluate conditions on the ground.

As for the troops, they're loyal even if some have reservations.

"Flooding it with 30,000 of our guys, I'm not understanding that too well," said Brian Transon, a U.S. soldier from Fort Drum, N.Y. "Obama is going to do what he's going to do and we are going to go over there and get it done."

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal says he's "absolutely supportive" of the president's 18-month troop surge timeline.

While the White House is expecting to receive a major push back from Democrats on Capitol Hill, in the end, the expectation is that those angry Democrats will just swallow hard and get behind the president.

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