President Obama today will outline plans to send 34,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, according to national reports.

Along with the 22,000 troops he authorized early this year, the new deployment would bring to 100,000 the total number of U.S. forces there. More than half that total would come since Obama’s election.

The president will outline his plan in a prime-time address tonight at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Some analysts say the decision to commit more troops to Afghanistan may be Obama’s biggest political gamble. Not only is the war increasingly unpopular with voters, some military analysts question whether the Afghan mission is clearly defined, or even achievable.

Along with the news that he will commit more troops, Obama also is expected to outline a so-called exit strategy and ask foreign allies to contribute more to the Afghanistan mission.


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