Tuesday, November 24, 2009
On December 1, Obama Will Announce 34,000 New Troops
Or so the media is reporting. Frankly, this is more like a parlor game. On November 9, we had ABC, among other news outlets, announcing a 34,000 troop increase, only to have the Obama administration deny it the next day. We then heard numbers ranging from 15,000 to 40,000, all a series of 'trial balloons' the administration floats into public opinion.
The McClatchy article claimed an amusing source:
The U.S. officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the issue publicly and because, one official said, the White House is incensed by leaks on its Afghanistan policy that didn't originate in the White House.
Well, I'm sure if he was already incensed, he's gonna be even more pissed off now. This leaked announcement is going to spoil a lot of people's Thanksgivings. The date of the announcement itself, December 1, is less of a secret, and anti-war activities are being planned for December 2.