December 2009 Afghanistan Troop Surge Announcement

afghanistan troop announcement - gavin smith - white housePersonality Power Plays Shape New Policy

As of the date of this paper, the Obama Administration has just approved the increase of 30,000 additional troops to be deployed to Afghanistan.  It is an issue of controversy that stems from a recent assessment by General Stanley McChrystal of the current situation in Afghanistan.  With rumblings of Vietnam in the air once again, the decision by President Obama to commit more troops to Afghanistan warrants a closer look at the personalities at play within the power structure of the National Security Council.  These principals contribute to decision-making of any presidency.


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