America — we are passing through a time of great trial.

President Barack Obama speaks about the war in Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Text of President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan

President Obama laid out the nations strategy in Afghanistan last night at The West Point Academy. The President ordered 30,000 additional troops to  help stabilize the southern region of Afghanistan and along the Pakistan border. This in turn should create the conditions to accelerate training of the Afghan security forces and give the space in order to gain the foot hold for the Karzai government to assume more control of the country. Also there will be a surge of civilian initiatives and support to help Afghans with civil and infrastructure projects that will help the Afghan people such as schools and water/power.

Accomplishing the mission will provide the Karzai government the ability to at least provide the security in the country to deny any base or home for future Islamic terrorists that can be a threat to the world and the United States. Afghanistan is where we were attacked from on 9/11 we are not there to conquer and plunder but to assure that Al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremists don’t have a safe haven to plot and carry out future terrorist operations.

A U.S. Army soldier walks past vehicles as they prepare to leave at Forward Operating Base Airborne, near the town of Maidan Shar, Wardak province, Afghanistan Wednesday Dec. 2, 2009. President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Afghanistan, nearly tripling the force he inherited as commander in chief.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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