Obama to Announce Afghan Plan Tuesday

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President Barack Obama is preparing for one of the most crucial week's of his presidency so far. The days ahead will be filled with challenges his administration must tackle.

A White House jobs summit will debate new ways to battle unemployment. The U.S. Senate opens debate on health care reform. And on Tuesday, the president is expected to announce his new strategy for Afghanistan.

Obama will deliver a national address from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he's expected to announce the additional deployment of 35,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Click play for more on the situation in Afghanistan and U.S. response with CBN News Military Correspondent Chuck Holton.

That would bring the total number of U.S. military personell in Afghanistan to 100,000. The annual cost for the war is now expected to be between $75 - $100 billion a year.

"If he fails he will be blamed for losing the war," said the Center for Strategic and International Studies Anthony Cordesman. "If he succeeds he will get the credit for winning."

The goal remains the same - defeat al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden. To that end, most of the troops will be fighting in the volatile south.

Obama's plan, debated for months now will no doubt be a hard sell. In fact, many of the president's own supporters oppose the plan.

"I've got a real problem about expanding this war where the rest of the world is sitting around and saying, 'Isn't it a nice thing that the taxpayers of the United States and the U.S. military are doing the work that the rest of the world should be doing?,'" said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said more Afghan army and police are key to succeeding in the eight-year war.

He expects the president to make a compelling case Tuesday night for just why more troops are needed.

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