That’s the number McClatchey is going for:
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.
Obama is expected to announce his long-awaited decision on Dec. 1, followed by meetings on Capitol Hill aimed at winning congressional support amid opposition by some Democrats who are worried about the strain on the U.S. Treasury and whether Afghanistan has become a quagmire, the officials said.
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.
That’s an interesting turn of phrase – it implies that leaks originating within the White House are perfectly fine. Gotta control that narrative.
Either way, I’m prolly off of SecDef’s Christmas card list.
Meanwhile, Barney Frank and Charlie Rangel (while he lasts) are signing on to David Obey’s plan to stick the middle class with the war bill. Ex-Marine John Murtha apparently is on board as well.
Which should tell you all you need to know.