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Obama to press Australian PM on troops for Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will visit the White House on Monday as President Obama begins a week during which he will announce his war strategy in Afghanistan and appeal to allies such as Australia for more help, The Post's Scott Wilson reports.

The White House on Friday said the two men would "confer on a range of issues, including Afghanistan and climate change in the run-up to Copenhagen," referring to the United Nations environmental conference to be held in the Danish capital next month.

Obama administration officials said that much of the discussion would focus on whether Australia would contribute more troops to the Afghan mission. They indicated that Rudd would be the first of several allied leaders whom Obama intends to meet with on the issue in the coming weeks.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  November 30, 2009; 6:56 AM ET
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Did you know that per head of capita, the Australians are sending more troops than USA .

Posted by: captgrumpy | November 30, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

All, any US pres has to do is click your fingers and all the PMs will bow and say yes sir !! Its just like in the first ww that British Generals were sending Australian troops to their death.NOW US generals are doing it. By all means send more troops but NOT under the command of american generals.I support the US but I support our troops more.

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Posted by: fozzy13mailbox-ler | November 30, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

In another article today in WaPo; "And if you don't win in Afghanistan, then Pakistan will automatically be imperiled, and that will make Afghanistan look like child's play."

Isn't it obvious that this official has not been paying attention? It the war in Afghanistan that is destabilizing Pakistan. That country had zero terrorist bombings and attacks on government and hotels before the war in Afghanistan started. Now they are frequent. There is a major war going on in Pakistan's frontier provinces where the Pashtun live. Many hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes in this fighting. I could go on but what's the point?

Look, who can seriously maintain that perhaps several hundred al-Qaeda roaming around in a tenth century moonscape constitute an existential threat to the US?

Whereas, a futile, counterproductive and unending war in south Asia at the cost of a million dollars per man per year in theater, and the destabilization of Pakistan are an existential threat of our own creation.

The continuation of this folly is entirely a matter of domestic politics more than anything else, being the LBJ jam of 1965. Escalate the fiasco or incur political attack as weak on defense. Oh well, we repeat our same fundamental errors because our political system is rotten to the core. A shame.

Posted by: tarquinis1 | November 30, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

psssssstt..........obama

all the australians have to do is read your comments publicly criticizing karzac, the afghan president

obama--stuck on stupid

Posted by: ProCounsel | November 30, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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