President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called "a war of necessity" in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.Don't worry: Surely nothing bad could come of this.
...The Monday evening meeting was the ninth that Obama has held on the crisis in Afghanistan, where the worsening war entered its ninth year last month. This year has seen violence reach unprecedented levels as the Taliban and allied groups have gained strength and expanded their reach.
Obama will reportedly "explain his decision in an address to the nation next Tuesday," and, according to anonymous officials (those guys again!), the address "will include an outline of an exit strategy."
That'd be awesome.
Hey—am I dreaming, or wasn't one of Obama's big reasons that he should get the Democratic nomination instead of Hillary Clinton was because she was too hawkish and would totes escalate the wars...? Eh, don't trust my memory. It hasn't been the same since I was beaten over the head for about 18 months with a cudgel labeled Roe.