It was a solemn moment for President Obama at an airbase in Delaware as he reflected on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan.
His decision to attend the return of the remains of the latest casualties of the war was a reversal of White House policy. The conflict has intensified recently, just as Obama considers his Afghanistan options. “Obviously it was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day. The burden that both our troops and their families bear in any wartime situation is going to bear on how I see these conflicts.” Military chiefs will present their plans on a new strategy for Afghanistan on Friday. They are expected to include a significant increase of troop levels. But, with the US death toll rising, sending more soldiers to war would likely anger many of those who voted for Obama.