Nov 25, 2009 9:06 AM by Associated Press

Obama says he'll finish the job in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama says he thinks Americans will support more fighting in Afghanistan despite being tired of war, once they understand the perils of losing.

President Barack Obama announced he is ready to spell out war plans virtually sure to include tens of thousands more U.S. troops. He is expected to make his case to the nation in a Tuesday night
speech, even as the military completes plans to begin sending in reinforcements in the spring.

Eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks led the U.S. into Afghanistan, Obama said it is still in America's vital national interest to "dismantle and destroy" al-Qaida terrorists and extremist allies. He says he plans to finish the job.

Obama said he would announce his decision after Thanksgiving. Military, congressional and other sources say the occasion would be a Tuesday night televised speech laying out his plans for expanding the Afghan conflict - and then ultimately ending it. Neither he nor his advisers has detailed an exit plan.


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