Congress scrutinizing Obama's Afghanistan plan

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Associated Press

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 4:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 2 at 4:35 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers are moving quickly to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's plan to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

Senate Armed Services Committee members plan to grill top administration officials about the troop buildup today. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will all testify.

The hearing isn't expected to be a cakewalk. Panel chairman Carl Levin is a skeptic on Afghanistan. He says the key to victory is a surge by Afghan forces, not Americans.

The planned surge of U.S. troops would raise the American military presence in Afghanistan to about 100,000.

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President Barack Obama has ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan -- and now must sell it to a skeptical public and Congress. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports.

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The president's Afghanistan buildup faces dissent from both ends of the political spectrum. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports.

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AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the selling of this plan begins today on Capitol Hill.

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AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports the buildup President Barack Obama is ordering is faster than most expected.

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