9:55 p.m. ET: We used this post to "live-blog" President Barack Obama's address to the nation on his new strategy in Afghanistan. Scroll down and click "play" to see our how-it-happened reports and analysis. The text of the president's address is here.
From the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, President Barack Obama is addressing the nation tonight on his decision to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. As NPR's Kevin Whitelaw reports, "after an exhaustive three-month strategic review, Obama will launch his second significant strategic escalation of the U.S. military's involvement in Afghanistan" with the speech.
Earlier, we reported that the president plans to say that adding more troops -- most from the U.S. and some from its allies -- will allow for a quicker handover of control to Afghans. He'll say that U.S. troops should be able to start coming home in 2011.
Obama's address will be broadcast on all the major TV networks, on NPR member stations, and streamed at NPR.org. We'll use the player below to live-blog as it happens. Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor, will be with us to help analyze the speech.
As always, you can add your thoughts in this post's comments thread. And immediately after the speech is over, we'll turn on the comments function in the player below. With that, you'll be able to submit your thoughts more quickly.
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