Major Afghanistan troop withdrawl expected

“WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will move the United States a step closer to ending the war in Afghanistan when he announces plans Wednesday to bring thousands of American troops home, beginning next month,” according to the Huffington Post.

“Administration officials said the president was still in the final phase of a decision-making process that has focused not only on how many troops will come home in July, but also on a broader withdrawal blueprint designed to put the U.S. on a path toward giving Afghans control of their security by 2014.

“Obama was given a range of options for the withdrawal last week by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan. The military favors a gradual reduction in troops but other advisers are advocating a significant decrease in the coming months.

“While the president has said he favors a significant withdrawal, his advisers have not quantified that statement.

“Obama is expected to make Wednesday’s announcement in Washington.”

The rest of the article is here.

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4 thoughts on “Major Afghanistan troop withdrawl expected”

  1. we need to remove our military and start a modern day marshal plan for the region we have destroyed. Rebuilding their nations with our money along with their country of origin companies and labor. It will be moral, more economically sound, and will create friends instead of foes that come along with killing innocent civilians.

  2. That’s all well and good, Ben, however I think the main focus for a significant withdrawal is putting the lying, corrupt, murdering, punk Karzai on notice. We are the United States. We don’t care who you think you are. We don’t NEED yo a$$. Ever. Kate

  3. Kate I have posted a couple comments but they have disappeared, maybe its the links. But Karzai was put in place strictly for the TAPI pipeline (Karzai, Unocal, BBC) and the people of Afghanistan know he is a puppet of US interests (Unocal, GE, Exxon, ect..). He will be thrown out of the country if he is lucky when the US begins to leave.

  4. IF the troop withdrawal that the President proposes is less than those added by the recent “surge” which he opposed, will that call into question his “anti-war” credentials?

    We need voices on BOTH sides of the aisle to keep asking the simple question of the day: Why are we still in Afghanistan?

    After we get the answer to that question right, then we can move on to ask it of forty or fifty other places around the globe.


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