Afghanistan

CBS: Obama Wants 40,000 Troops

After months of deliberation, has President Obama finally decided on a course for Afghanistan? CBS News is reporting that Obama wants about 40,000 new troops to Afghanistan—four combat brigades plus thousands more support troops, giving General Stanley McChrystal nearly all the troops he’s asked for. The White House issued a statement through National Security Advisor Jim Jones, saying CBS’ report is “absolutely false.” The Associated Press, meanwhile, is saying that Obama plans to add tens of thousands of new troops, but not quite the 40,000 McChrystal wanted.