"President Barack Obama will tell the world Tuesday how he will escalate the war in Afghanistan - and how he hopes his risky decision will lead finally to a path home for U.S. forces. . . . Perhaps his toughest task will be balancing his plan to send 30,000 to 35,000 more American troops with talk of new benchmarks for success . . . how his new plan can root out the Taliban, deny al-Qaida and its allies a sanctuary, straighten out a corrupt Afghan government so that people have an alternative to the Taliban and get neighboring Pakistan to fight terrorists who have fled there. He also has to do it all while making sure that the tinderbox region isn't further inflamed by a belligerent Iran defiantly ramping up nuclear plans, a resurgence of ethnic and religious violence in Iraq or a growing Islamist insurgency in nuclear-armed Pakistan."
Bush had 60,000 American troops in Afghanistan.
Obama has already nearly doubled American troop strength there, to 110,000 troops.
Now, Obama's going to send an additional 30,000 to 35,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
The "Obama plan" is to keep 140,000 to 145,000 troops in one of the most primitive and backwards nations on earth for 3 or 4 years with the goals of (1) rooting out the Taliban, (2) denying al-Qaida and its allies a sanctuary, (3) straightening out a corrupt Afghan government, (4) getting neighboring Pakistan to fight terrorists, (5) making sure a belligerent Iran doesn't ramp up nuclear plans, (6) avoiding a resurgence of ethnic and religious violence in Iraq, and (7) impeding a growing Islamist insurgency in nuclear-armed Pakistan.
Does anyone think this wish list of goals can be achieved with any possible number of troops in any number of years?