President Obama will lay out his strategy for Afghanistan at 5 pm PST.
Here is the link for the live White House video stream of President Obama’s speech from West Point.
If you are unable to view through the link visit www.whitehouse.gov or www.cnn.com
The White House released the following excerpts of the President’s speech this afternoon.
â€œThe 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 â€“ the fastest pace possible â€“ so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. They will increase our ability to train competent Afghan Security Forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.â€Â Â
â€œBecause this is an international effort, I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies. Some have already provided additional troops, and we are confident that there will be further contributions in the days and weeks ahead. Our friends have fought and bled and died alongside us in Afghanistan. Now, we must come together to end this war successfully. For whatâ€™s at stake is not simply a test of NATOâ€™s credibility â€“ whatâ€™s at stake is the security of our Allies, and the common security of the world.â€Â
â€œTaken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011. Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistanâ€™s Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government â€“ and, more importantly, to the Afghan people â€“ that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country.â€