A new report from the commander of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan may force President Obama to increase troops levels in Afghanistan for the second time this year, according to media speculation.
Although its details are classified, the report written by General Stanley McChrystal is believed to contain an assessment of the situation in Afghanistan that many see as deteriorating, according to MercuryNews.com.
Queried by reporters on Monday, White House secretary Robert Gibbs said that "there’s broad agreement that for many years our effort in Afghanistan has been under-resourced politically, militarily and economically," which has been widely interpreted as leaving the door open to sending in more troops, in addition to the 21,000 the administration ordered earlier this year.
However, Obama may also face fierce opposition as anti-war groups have started to voice their discontent once again, after having been relatively silent since his election.
Nancy Lessin, a founder of Military Families Speak Out, says many feel betrayed by Obama who promised to scale down U.S. involvement in the Middle East during his electoral campaign.
She believes "there are powerful forces pushing the president to stay on this course and we have to build a more powerful movement to change that course."
Kansas City Star reports the anti-war movement is preparing a nationwide campaign this fall to challenge the administration’s policies on Afghanistan.
According to iCasualty.org, August was the deadliest month for U.S. soldiers since the beginning of the war, with 49 losing their lives.