Advance on US Secretary of State Clinton’s Tour of the Pacific

Transcript Source: US State Dept

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on the United States’ plan and objectives for world aid and development at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington on January 6, 2010.
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FPC Briefing

Kurt Campbell

Assistant Secretary for East Asian & Pacific Affairs

Foreign Press Center

Washington, DC

January 7, 2010

Date: 01/07/2010 Location: Washington D.C. Description: Assistant Secretary for East Asian & Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell briefs about Secretary Clinton's visit to the Pacific at the Washington Foreign Press Center on January 7, 2010. © State Dept Image

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ASSISTANT SECRETARY CAMPBELL: Thank you very much and it’s great to be here at the Press Center. The initial purpose of my time up here on the podium is to advance the Secretary’s trip. Secretary Clinton will be visiting Asia next week. This will be her fourth trip to Asia in a year since she was sworn in as Secretary of State. We leave on Monday for Hawaii, for Honolulu.
When in Honolulu, she’ll do several things – obviously pay her respects at various monuments; she’ll have briefings at our Command of Pacific Forces. She will give a major policy speech on the American approach to Asian architecture at the East-West Center commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the East-West Center by President Johnson 50 years ago.
She will also have the opportunity to meet with our closest ally in Asia’s foreign minister, Foreign Minister Okada. They will have a very good working meeting in Honolulu. During that session, we will underscore our plans for the commemoration and the next steps associated with the 50-year anniversary celebrations, the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan security alliance, which will occur initially on January 19th, and we’ll come up with an agenda and a plan for the subsequent year.
After a few days in Honolulu, in Hawaii, the Secretary will make her way to New Zealand and Australia. We will be stopping on the Pacific Island of Papua, New Guinea, and it will be the Secretary’s first visit there. It’s her first visit as Secretary since Secretary Albright in 1998. I think as many of you know, one of the efforts of the Obama Administration and Secretary Clinton has been to step up our engagement in the Pacific Islands. When we say the Asia-Pacific, sometimes the Pacific does not get as much necessary attention.
We are reopening our USAID mission in the Pacific Islands, a new focus on climate change and on renewable energy strategies. And when the Secretary was in New York for the UN General Assembly, she had a chance to meet with all the leaders of the Pacific – the so-called Pacific Islands Forum. As part of this overall effort, she will be stopping in PNG there. She will have an opportunity to view some projects that are involved with sustaining one of the most diverse biological habitats on the planet. She’ll visit a mangrove area replanting, some discussions also on some social issues inside Papua New Guinea, and she’ll have a chance to meet with the leaders, the prime minister and the foreign minister, as well as the governor, governor-general.
After Papua New Guinea, she’ll go to New Zealand. I think as many of you know, over the course of the last several years, the United States and New Zealand are working more closely together in a range of areas. We closely coordinate on our strategies for aid and assistance and the promotion of democracy in the Asia-Pacific region, and particularly in the Pacific. More recently, New Zealand has been actively engaged on the ground in Afghanistan. This will be Secretary Clinton’s opportunity to really talk about how the United States and New Zealand can work more closely together on a range of diplomatic, economic, and security-related issues. So we’re very much looking forward to that.  She will obviously meet with all the leadership there and also opposition members. Read the rest of this entry »
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Photos: How The Rest of The World Mark New Year’s Day

TEHRAN, IRAN: In a predominantly Moslem country, local Iranian Christians attend the church service on the first day of the new year at the Vank church in, Isfahan, Tehran, January 1, 2010. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian Photo via Newscom

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TOKYO, JAPAN: Well-wishers wave Japanese national flags to celebrate the New Year with the Japanese Imperial Family at the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images).

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Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to the well-wishers celebrating the New Year at the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images).

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Emperor Akihito (5th R) and other members of the Japanese Imperial Family wave to the well-wishers celebrating the New Year at the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2010 .(Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images).

TENBY, WALES : A New Year’s reveller takes a dip in the icy sea during the Saundersfoot annual charity swim on January 1, 2010 in Saundersfoot near Tenby, Wales. Hundreds of brave swimmers ran in to to the sea to welcome in 2010 and raise cash for charity. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS: Fireworks explode over the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter as part of a New Year’s Eve celebration January 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for CityCenter)

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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS : New Year’s Eve fireworks display illuminates the sky over the Erasmus Bridge crossing the Nieuwe Maas river on January 1, 2010 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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BERLIN: Fireworks explode over the Quadriga sculpture on the Brandenburg Gate in celebration of the new year on January 1, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. Thousands of revelers descended on the area in front of the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

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EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM : New Year revellers enjoy the firework display above Edinburgh Castle on January 1, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Around eighty thousand people were expected to attend the festivities in Scotland’s capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK : After a one minute countdown, the ball drops in Times Square on January 1, 2010 in New York City. Security was tight amid preparations for the annual New Years Eve ball drop in Times Square. (Photo by Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

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Photos: Around the World in the Month of Christmas

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Christmas shoppers pack Oxford Street on December 19, 2009. The last weekend before Christmas is expected to be the busiest of the year as many high street retailers hold sales and are discounting many goods to lure customers. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Christmas shoppers pack Oxford Street on December 19, 2009 in London, England.

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Prince Harry attends the Night of Heroes ceremony to honour British troops at the Imperial War Museum on December 15, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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A gallery assistant lights the candles on the 2009 Tate Britain Christmas Tree which was designed by artist Tacita Dean and is entitled ‘Weihnachtsbaum’ on December 10, 2009 in London, England. The 4 meter high Nordman Fir is decorated with beeswax candles which will be lit between 4pm and 6pm until December 23, 2009. It is the 22nd year that the Tate Britain has commissioned a leading contemporary artist to create a Christmas tree for the gallery. Previously commissioned artists include Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images).

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KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown chats to troops on December 13, 2009 in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Gordon Brown travelled to Afghanistan for an unannounced pre-Christmas visit to British troops which was followed by talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. During the visit he stated his admiration for the work undertaken by British troops in the region and emphasised that the coming months would be ‘critical’ in combating the Taliban. He is the first British Prime Minister to have stayed overnight in a combat zone since Winston Churchill. (Photo by Matt Cardy-WPA Pool/Getty Images).

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown (L) looks on as President Hamid Karzai speaks at a press conference ar Kandahar Airbase on December 13, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Afghan men attend a cock-fighting tournament on a cold winter’s day in Kabul, December 18, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Cock fighting, a popular game amongst Afghans during the winter season, and similar traditional blood sports are facing a resurgence after being banned under the Taliban for being un-Islamic. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

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PARIS, FRANCE

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Christmas tree ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on December 16, 2009. Photo by Christophe Guibbaud/ABACAPRESS.COM

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French First lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy hosts the Christmas tree ceremony

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.


WATSON, AUSTRALIA

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Aboriginal children wait for Santa Claus on December 4, 2009 in Watson, Australia. The Great Southern Railway’s Indian Pacific travels the 4,352km between Sydney and Perth twice a week, crossing three states and includes the world’s longest stretch of straight railway track on the Nullarbor Plain. Now in its ninth year, the Indian Pacific Outback Christmas Journey takes 65 hours to reach its destination while travelling through the Australian Outback to support remote regional communities as well as the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service. (Photo by Ashlee Ralla/Getty Images)

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Singer Shannon Noll, Steven Down and Christopher Kamzelas perform for a crowd of people that have travelled up to four hours to meet the Indian Pacific on December 4, 2009 in Watson, Australia. (Photo by Ashlee Ralla/Getty Images).

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

A homeless man has a cigarette outside a retail store in Pitt Street Mall during the Christmas shopping period on December 19, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. Shops have been warned by the Retail Traders Association that spending is expected to be down this year on last, and to brace for a quieter festive shopping period. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images).

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A young boy wearing a santa hat plays a trumpet outside David Jones department store in Pitt Street Mall during the Christmas shopping period on December 19, 2009.

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A homeless shoe shine sign is seen in Pitt Street Mall as Sydney prepares for Christmas on December 15, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images).

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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Jockey Michael Rodd riding We’re Gonna Rock crosses the line to win Race Two Fiesta Star Handicap during the Flemington Christmas Raceday meeting at Flemington Racecourse on December 19, 2009. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images).

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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People view the Xmas lights on the houses down Franklin Road on December 19, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand. Every year in December the residents of Franklin Road turn on their Christmas lights drawing large crowds from around Auckland and beyond. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images).

WASHINGTON, USA

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As the White House is lit in the background, the National Christmas Tree’s lights are turned on during its annual lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the President of the United State during the holiday season. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images).

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Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) (L) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) participate in a news conference on health care on Capitol Hill on December 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats said they would like to see a health care reform bill pass in the Senate before Christmas despite efforts from Senate Republican who said they will do everything they can to delay passage of any health care legislation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with children dressed as elves during the Christmas in Washington celebration in Washington, on December 13, 2009. UPI/Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via Newscom.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama speak at the conclusion of the Christmas in Washington celebration in Washington, on December 13, 2009. UPI/Joshua Roberts/Pool Photo via Newscom

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A performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes is seen at the Verizon Center in Washington on December 18, 2009. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn Photo.

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U.S. First lady Michelle Obama reads the story ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to children during the annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. Lighting the National Christmas Tree is a yearly tradition for the President of the United State during the holiday season. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets Santa and Mrs. Claus at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. UPI/Dennis Brack/Pool Photo.

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First Lady Michelle Obama presents the Christmas decorations thanks volunteers who helped ready the White House for Christmas, in Washington, DC, on December 2, 2009. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) Photo via Newscom.

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The Red Room is seen during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2009 White House holiday decorations is ‘Reflect Rejoice Renew.’ (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images).

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The official White House Christmas Tree, a Douglas Fir stands 18 1/2 feet high and nearly 13 feet wide, is seen in the Blue Room.

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The annual gingerbread house sits in the State Dining Room.

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A replica of the White House vegetable garden is placed on the annual gingerbread house in the State Dining Room.

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White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses talks about the annual gingerbread house in the State Dining Room.

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Decorations are seen surrounding a portrait of John F. Kennedy on the State Floor during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks as Marine Corps Lieutenant General Peter Osman (Ret.) (R), President and CEO of the Toys for Tots program, listens during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC.

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First lady Michelle Obama is joined by daughters Sasha and Malia as the official White House Christmas Tree is delivered by Eric and Gloria Sundback on Friday, November 27, 2009, in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT).

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Eric (R) and Gloria Sundback of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, wait to welcome the official White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House on November 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. They donated the 18 and a half foot Douglas fir, which will stand in the Blue Room throughout the holidays. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images).


Photos: Protests As President Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize; Other Nobel Laureates Awarded

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NEW YORK – Protesters from the group The World Can’t Wait demonstrate during a ‘coffin march’ against U.S. President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize after his announcement of a troop surge in Afghanistan December 10, 2009 in New York. Obama accepted the controversial prize in Oslo, Norway today
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OSLO, NORWAY:  U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave from behind bullet proof glass on the balcony of the Grand Hotel to the crowds who had gathered outside for the traditional torchlight procession today in Oslo, Norway. Obama today accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying he is humbled by the award and receives it with an ‘acute sense’ of the cost of war. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images. Read the rest of this entry »


Photos: President Obama’s Week in Washington – So Far

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U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (4th R) sing the Star Spangled Banner with the 2009 Kennedy Center Honorees in the president’s box at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington prior to the taping of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors tribute program, on December 6, 2009. With the President are (L-R) Dave Brubeck, Robert DeNiro, Grace Bumbry, Mel Brooks, and Bruce Springsteen. At right are Vice President Joe Biden and granddaughter Ashley Biden. UPI/Martin H. Simon/Pool Photo via Newscom.

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President Barack Obama hosts the 2009 Kennedy Center Honorees at an East Room reception in the White House in Washington. On stage are (L to R) honorees Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro, and Bruce Springsteen. UPI/Martin H. Simon/Pool Photo via Newscom

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President Barack Obama (R) meets with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) in the Oval Office of the White House December 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. The two leaders were expected to discuss policy on the Middle East, the current situation in Iran, and the troop levels in the war in Afghanistan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Read the rest of this entry »


Photos: NZ All Blacks Versus France

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New Zealand All Blacks  perform the Haka during the International Rugby Test-match, France vs New Zealand at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France on November 28, 2009.

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New Zealand’s Sitiveni Sivivatu scores a try.

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Ma’a Nonu, and Jerome Kaino carrying one of their players being watched by Neemia Tialata(r) and the team watching in the background.

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France’s Yannick Jauzion and New Zealand’s Mils Muliaina in action
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France’s Fulgence Ouedraogo in action.

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New Zealand’s Mils Muliaina scores a try

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Richie McCaw in action

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France’s Lionel Nalletin action

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Sitiveni Sivivatu scores a try in action

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Jimmy Cowan

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France’s Thierry Dusautoir

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New Zealand’s Ma’a Nonu

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France’s Damien Traille

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New Zealand’s Jimmy Cowan

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France’s Sebastien Chabal




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Photos: Obama, Secretary of State, Afghanistan, West Point Cadets

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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 02: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L)and Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L) arrive at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, December 2, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on President Barack Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with an aide

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen (L) talks with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) before the start ofa Senate Armed Services Committee hearing

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WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 02: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen (R) and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) testify before the House Foreign Relations Committee.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images). Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.

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US SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN

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SARHOWZA, AFGHANISTAN – DECEMBER 02: SGT Joseph Delair of Syracuse, NY with the Army’s Blackfoot Company 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment trains Afghan National Policemen at the Sarhowza District Center near Sarhowza, Afghanistan. The U.S Army is attempting to train the ANP to become self sufficient in the district. Today President Obama said he wants to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, bring the total number to nearly 100,000. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images). Content © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.

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SGT Joseph Delair of Syracuse, NY fingerprints and photographs men from a nearby village at the Sahowza District Center near Sarhowza, Afghanistan. The men are registered and checked in the system to make sure they are not wanted as an enemy combatant.

BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen walk across the South Lawn after arriving at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) in Washington on December 1, 2009. President Obama traveled to West Point Military Academy in New York and spoke on a planned increase of troops and exit strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The buildup is targeted to reverse the Taliban advances in the country and to train Afghan soldiers and police. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn Photo via Newscom. Content © 2009 Newscom All rights reserved.

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn after arriving at the White House in Washington on December 1, 2009. President Obama traveled to West Point Military Academy in New York and spoke on a planned increase of troops and exit strategy for the war in Afghanistan.UPI/Alexis C. Glenn Photo via Newscom. Content © 2009 Newscom All rights reserved.

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U.S. President Barack Obama disembarks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after travelling to West Point, New York, to deliver his address to the nation in which he outlines why more troops will be sent to Afghanistan.

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U.S President Barack Obama waves at the end of his address to nation at West Point.

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A cadet climbs into the buffer zone for a photo with U.S. President Barack Obama after he spoke about his decision to increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan by about 30,000 during a speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, on December 1, 2009.

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U.S. President Barack Obama walks off of the stage after his speech.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his speech

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Gen. David Petraeus (standing) chats with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gen. Eric Shinseki , Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L to to R) as they wait for U.S. President Barack Obama to speak

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Army Cadets wait for U.S. President Barack Obama to speak

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to speak about his decision

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Cadets bow their heads in prayer before a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama

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A cadet listens as President Obama speaks about plans to send more troops to Afghanistan.

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Members of CodePink, (L-R) Michael Viers, Medea Benjamin and Joan Stallard protest against ‘escalation of the war in Afghanistan’ in front of the White House December 1, 2009 in Washington.

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