Obama To Announce Afghan Troop Drawdown Wednesday

President Barack Obama will announce plans on Wednesday to start drawing down U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Obama is expected to both outline a plan for starting to bring troops home in July, as well as a broader withdrawal blueprint aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security in 2014.

Following the announcement, Obama will travel to Fort Drum on Thursday to meet with troops. The upstate New York base is home to the 10th Mountain Division, one of the most frequently deployed divisions to Afghanistan and Iraq.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 21, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    For once Barlow you and I agree, but pull them out now and cut off all aid.
  • by AMD on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    This is just another campaign stunt. There is no one out there that can say the troop surge has not turned the direction of the war. Pulling troops out too early without the approval from the commanders on the ground there will only hurt what we have accomplished there. Have any of you heard the saying "there is strength in numbers"? Same goes for the military. By doing this Obama is only putting those who will still be there in more danger. Most of you commenting on here and say we need to bring them home, know nothing about the military and how it operates. It is a shame that politicians sitting behind a desk and going home to their families every night are the ones who decide what the rules of engagement are there, if the military commanders had that decision, we would be a lot further in this war right now.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 09:22 AM in reply to AMD
      he is only pulling them out so he has people to send when he decides we need to go to war with lybia instead of just airstrikes.
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        by Homer Simpson on Jun 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM in reply to
        We already have troops on the ground in Libya. With the assaults we are doing in Yemen...they will be going there too. Al Jazira confired it on their news, Fox checked it out and the other media didn't say a word as they are protecting the pres for election. Google it. Last I checked, when you shoot rockets that blow up people, I see that as an act of war.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM in reply to AMD
      Exactly!
  • by D Location: Greenville on Jun 21, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    yea right! One of my good friends will be deployed in the following week. for 1 whole year! this will not stop anytime soon.
  • by Really? Location: DC on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    Both sides can agree, this is the correct decision.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:52 AM
    This should have happened 4 years ago.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jun 21, 2011 at 02:46 AM
    Bring them all home. We could stay another 20 years and have the same results we have now. Waste of time, money and lives.
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