Obama to Rethink Afghan War Strategy

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is meeting with his security team Tuesday to rethink the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
     
After eight years of war, many NATO nations are facing the same choice as America right now: commit more troops and effort in Afghanistan, or start to unwind their involvement there.

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For instance, Germany is under pressure after Taliban militants sent videos to the country last week during the German election. In the videos, the Taliban warned that if Germany doesn't withdraw its troops, the nation will face terror attacks.
    
Also, in Afghanistan deadly terror-bombings are on the rise, killing more foreign troops and Afghan civilians.
    
Obama is currently studying his options, prodded by the leak of a report by his top general in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
     
It proposes a major, long-term commitment there and warns that without more combat troops by this winter, the war could be lost.
    
"This counterinsurgency strategy of Gen. McChrystal's has been well-thought-out," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "I hope the president will give him the troops he says he needs." 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said, "He has submitted a full-blown, counter-insurgency structure: strategy, tactics ... I've read it, too. To me, it's a 10-year plan." 

"I do not believe the American people want to be in Afghanistan for the next 10 years, effectively nation-building," she said. 

Meanwhile, Obama has the sympathy of his foe for the presidency in 2008.

"I think he has a very difficult decision. The base of his party, Americans are weary, understandably they're weary," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC's "This Week."
    
But the White House says Obama won't be rushed when it comes to deciding what to do in Afghanistan.

"We're going to be very deliberative," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "You've heard the president say, I think quite clearly, that he owes it to the men and women in uniform and to their families that we take the time that's necessary to get this decision right." 

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