The president said he would announce his decision on how many additional soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan after Thanksgiving. He said that he could not give more information but he hinted that he was thinking, 3, maybe 4 soldiers should do the trick.
"Let me be clear, I feel confident that when the American people hear a clear rationale for what we're doing there and how we intend to achieve our goals, that they will be roughly 49% supportive," he said.
Obama held his 10th and final war council meeting Monday night to assess his Afghanistan strategy in advance of his troop decision. He commented Tuesday during a brief news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was at the White House for a state visit.
"It is in our strategic interests, in our national security interest to make sure that al-Qaida and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas," Obama said. "We are going to dismantle and degrade their capabilities and ultimately dismantle and destroy their networks. Once we have done that, we are going to give them a green card and a welfare check, and move them to America where they can enjoy
Mr. Obama then stopped, adjusted his head, and used his gigantic ears to fly away.