Posts tagged afghanistan

Obama approval rating below 50 percent (CNN)

Support for President Obama has dropped below 50 percent for the first time in a CNN poll despite high marks for his recently announced Afghanistan policy.

Tenn. mayor claims Obama blocked ‘Peanuts’ special (AP via Yahoo! News)

The mayor of a suburban Memphis city accused President Barack Obama of deliberately timing his speech about the war in Afghanistan this week to block the airing of the “Peanuts” Christmas television special.

Comment: Obama faces Afghan battle on home front (CNN)

Barack Obama was viewed as the anti-war candidate for the White House and then won the Nobel Peace Prize as president. Now he’ll triple the size of the American force in Afghanistan that he inherited less than a year ago.

Obama aides pressed on Afghan graft, al Qaeda (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

U.S. lawmakers told President Barack Obama’s top advisers on Thursday not enough was being done to combat corruption in Afghanistan, singling out allegations against the Afghan president’s brother, whom Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged was a problem.

Congress worries about Obama’s plan for Pakistan (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama’s planned troop buildup in Afghanistan came in for more skepticism on Capitol Hill Thursday with lawmakers zeroing in on how the U.S. will deal with terrorist havens in neighboring Pakistan.

Congress appears poised to back Obama war plan (AP via Yahoo! News)

Despite misgivings, members of Congress seem poised to back President Barack Obama’s plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan after getting assurances the commitment isn’t open-ended.

Skeptical Dems resign themselves to Obama war plan (AP via Yahoo! News)

A deeply skeptical Congress on Wednesday resigned itself to President Barack Obama’s escalation of the Afghanistan war, even as the president’s chief military and diplomatic advisers sought to cool any expectations that the war would end in two years.

Obama’s Afghan speech seen by 40 million Americans (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

Some 40.8 million Americans watched President Barack Obama outline his strategy on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan on prime-time television on Tuesday, audience figures showed on Wednesday.

Obama now owns the war (CNN)

The moment has to happen sometime in a new administration, and the Afghanistan speech was it: the end of the Obama campaign of limitless aspiration and the acknowledgement of a presidency burdened by harsh realities and difficult choices.

US allies wary of Obama’s Afghanistan troop plea (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama won flattering words but little solid firepower from European allies for his new Afghanistan strategy Wednesday, as small countries pitched in small troop reinforcements but bigger armies held back.