President Barack Obama warned, Tuesday, that the threat in Afghanistan is real and requires increased action by the U.S. and its allies to prevent a "cancer" of violence from spreading.
During his prime-time address from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Obama said he will send 30,000 additional troops to help stabilize the volatile country and bordering Pakistan.
The first round of U.S. soldiers is expected to leave in the early part of 2010.
"This is the epicenter of the violent extremism practiced by al Qaeda," he said. "It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11 and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak."
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The president explained that the new strategy is to "deny al Qaeda a safe-haven," "reverse the Taliban's momentum" and "strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan's security forces and government."
NATO and the United Nations have been asked for assistance in carrying out the plan.
Some are still not convinced on the approach, including the president's own party.
Many Congressional Democrats favor a quick withdrawal from Afghanistan while others are concerned about the war's cost.
Former opponent and GOP Sen. John McCain also warned that announcing a timetable for troop withdrawal in the country would only send the Taliban in hiding until soldiers begin to leave.
In response, Obama said those who label the Afghan war "another Vietnam" are only making a "false reading of history."
"Unlike Vietnam, we are joined by a broad coalition of 43 nations that recognizes the legitimacy of our action," he charged. "Unlike Vietnam, we are not facing a broad-based popular insurgency. And most importantly, unlike Vietnam, the American people were viciously attacked from Afghanistan, and remain a target for those same extremists who are plotting along its border."
Obama also said troops would be out of Iraq by the end of 2011, bringing the war there to a "responsible end."
"Thanks to their courage, grit and perseverance , we have given Iraqis a chance to shape their future, and we are successfully leaving Iraq to its people," he said.
Though Obama drew applause for many of his vows during Tuesday's speech, the American people as a whole aren't happy with his handling of the situation in Afghanistan thus far.
A recent Gallup poll released amid the speech revealed only 35 percent support his handling of the war while 55 percent disapprove.