West Point, New York (CNN) — President Obama said Tuesday that the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan is part of a strategy to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and stabilize the country’s government.
The new deployment over six months will bring America’s troop strength in the country to more than 100,000, in the fight against Taliban militants.Mr Obama also urged America’s allies in Nato to send more troops.Defending the war, he insisted there were no parallels with Vietnam and that world security was at stake(More News).
We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government and, more importantly, to the Afghan people that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country, Obama said.Obama also leaned heavily on NATO allies and other countries to join in escalating the fight.
We must come together to end this war successfully, the president said. For what’s at stake is not simply a test of NATO’s credibility. What’s at stake is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.