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The Long Withdrawal

by on June 23, 2011

Afghanistan Troop Levels

Obama announced a plan to remove 10,000 soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of 2011, and more than 30,000 troops by summer 2012. I welcome that news, and would have welcomed it many years ago. Obama campaigned against the Iraq war, but for the war in Afghanistan and the mysterious War on Terror, so our deployment and withdrawal of troops is not surprising. What is disappointing is that at the end of the 2012 withdrawal, about twice as many troops will be in Afghanistan as there were when Obama was inaugurated.

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One Comment
  1. Bob permalink

    What saddens me is that the army is told to fight a war, and the politicians told to act like nothing is happening. Its sad you can go into a country, upset the entire status quo, then leave and expect the country to fix itself. Unless the people are willing to join in the fight (such as in libya), the entire effort will be at a loss.

    Either fight a war or don’t, you can’t do both.

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