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Obama plans to "finish the job" in Afghanistan

The New York Times reported Tuesday that President Barack Obama would announce his new strategy of the Afghanistan war Dec. 1, increasing over 30,000 troops to "finish the job" of this eight-year war.


The president said the new strategy would focus on civilian and diplomatic efforts.

"One of the things I'm going to be discussing is the obligations of our international partners," he said.


Bruce Riedel, who conducted Obama's first Afghan-Pakistan policy review in March, said that he is not expected huge change in the new plan.


The article pointed out that the president's new troop decision might increase the controversy about the financial concern of the U.S. government.


"The White House estimating it will cost $1 million per year for each additional soldier sent to Afghanistan," according the Times.


The National Post reported Monday that the government might plan to call for a war tax to support the cost of the president's new troop decision.


Reps. David Obey of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said rich Americans should be taxed to pay more for the Afghanistan war.


He told the ABC News reporter that "there ain't going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan." 

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