Obama: Bush plan for Afghanistan not enough

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) -- Barack Obama says President Bush isn't acting quickly or forcefully enough to get more U.S. troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan.

Bush announced today that he'll withdraw 8,000 combat and support troops from Iraq by February. He says more U.S. forces could be taken out in the first half of 2009, but that's up to his successor. In Afghanistan, Bush wants to add up to 4,700 combat troops in November and early next year.

Obama says Bush is flirting with "kicking the can down the road to the next president." He adds that the plan doesn't have enough troops, resources or urgency to stabilize Afghanistan.

John McCain hasn't directly responded to the Bush plan, saying only at a rally today that the U.S. is winning and Obama was wrong about the war.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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