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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 3:36am

Isakson Backs President's Call For More Troops

Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson says he supports President Barack Obama's decision to send more troops into Afghanistan.

Isakson made the remarks after an unrelated ribbon-cutting ceremony in Peachtree City in reaction to the news that Mr. Obama would order at least an additional 30.000 troops into Afghanistan. Isakson, who has been critical of the time it's taken to announce his strategy, praised the President.

"We need to give our commanders in the field the manpower they need to get the job done. My war, my generation's war was Vietnam when America blinked. We cannot afford to have that happen in Afghanistan".

Meanwhile, peace groups and other progressives who have been pushing for an end to the Afghanistan was are protesting the decision.
The White House says the increase in troops is not an open-ended commitment.

Mr. Obama will address the nation about his decision Tuesday evening. The address can be heard on GPB Radio at 8pm tonight.