No 'Pending' Decision on Troops to Afghanistan

Ad Feedback

President Barack Obama said Wednesday a hasty decision will not be made in sending more U.S. troops into the war in Afghanistan.

Obama assured, "my determination is to get this right," as he spoke to reporters from his desk in the Oval Office.

"I'm going to take a very deliberate process in making those decisions," he added. "And so I just want to be absolutely clear, because there's been a lot of discussion in the press about this: There is no immediate decision pending on resources."

U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is expected to request thousands of additional troops.

Obama has already approved 21,000 new U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan, but military officials hint that number may not be enough.

"It's very clear to me that we will need more resources [to carry out the revamped strategy in Afghanistan]," Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

Pressure from the public and his own Democratic party continues to mount for Obama to make a decision on whether to send more combat forces to Afghanistan's increasingly violent region.

"One of the things that I'm absolutely clear about is you have to get the strategy right and then make determinations about resources," Obama said.

CBN News Reporter Chuck Holton is in Afghanistan with a special U.S. military unit that is targeting the drug trade. But Holton says they are finding a lot more than opium.

Click play to hear more about how insurgents are changing their strategy.

The president's remarks came a day after Mullen told the U.S. Senate that more troops will be needed for the war in Afghanistan.

"Winning will require more resources from outside Afghanistan, including more troops," Mullen said. "A properly resourced counterinsurgency probably means more forces, and without question, more time and dedication."

Some members of Congress are already challenging that point of view.

"Providing the resources needed for the Afghan Army and Afghan police to become self-sufficient would demonstrate our commitment to the success of a mission that is in our national security interest, while avoiding the risks associated with a further increase in U.S. ground combat troops," Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., declared at Tuesday's hearing.

Roadside Bomb?

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has released a new video from Afghanistan. It shows an army helicopter targeting militants who are planting a roadside bomb. 

But when a child comes on the scene, U.S. troops are forced to hold their fire and then comes a startling resolution. It started when an Apache attack helicopter crew saw several men planting what they thought was an explosive device on a dirt road.

"They're definitely digging in the road," the pilot said.

The crew tracked the men for several minutes getting ready to fire, but then a child suddenly appears.

"Is that a kid," the gunner asked.

"The kid appears to be carrying something over into their vicinity. Handing them something, and then they're digging in that road," the pilot replied.

"OK, go away kid, go away kid, go away kid," the gunner said.

The helicopter crew waited for the child to leave while keeping the insurgents in their sights and waited for confirmation to fire.

"Roger, I believe that a hostile act that is in the same area that we saw them cover something up," the pilot said.

But any doubts of a bomb being planted in the ground by the insurgents instantly went away.

"Whoa, never mind," the gunner said.

"Break, break, it just detonated by itself," the pilot said. "Affirm, they just blew themselves up."

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  


Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBN News

CBN News is a national/international, nonprofit news organization that provides programming by cable, satellite, and the Internet, 24-hours a day. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.