Bring the troops home
08-13-2011, 06:40 PM,
Bring the troops home
Would this subject be politically incorect to discuss?:Huh
08-13-2011, 08:05 PM,
RE: Bring the troops home
It is a topic that is political in nature but at this point I think most people agree with the sentiment and the only question is the timing.

They will most certainly begin to draw down the troops by the next election. The topic though won't be as big of an election issue as it would be if it were a Republican president in office facing a slate of Democratic challengers (Democrat voters are probably more upset with the Obama administration's decisions on this front than Republican voters).

November 2010:

Quote:WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to walk away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the Afghanistan war in an effort to de-emphasize the president's pledge that he would begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials said Tuesday.

...The shift, begun privately, came in part because U.S. officials realized that conditions in Afghanistan were unlikely to allow a speedy withdrawal.

"During our assessments, we looked at if we continue to move forward at this pace, how long before we can fully transition to the Afghans? Of course, we are not going to fully transition to the Afghans by July 2011," one senior administration official said. "Right now, we think we can start in 2011 and fully transition sometime in 2014."

Another official said the administration also realized in contacts with Pakistani officials that the Pakistanis had concluded wrongly that July 2011 would mark the beginning of the end of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

That perception, one Pentagon adviser said, has persuaded Pakistan's military — key to preventing Taliban sympathizers from infiltrating Afghanistan — to continue to press for a political settlement instead of military action.

"This administration now understands that it cannot shift Pakistani approaches to safeguarding its interests in Afghanistan with this date being perceived as a walkaway date," the adviser said.

The midterm elections have eased pressure on the Obama administration to begin an early withdrawal.

July 31, 2011:

Quote:Assessing the overall mission, Admiral Mullen said the president’s order to begin withdrawing the 33,000 additional American “surge” troops could be carried out without putting the mission at risk. Under the president’s order, all 33,000 “surge” troops are to leave Afghanistan by the end of September 2012, leaving an American deployment of about 68,000.

“I am very confident that we can meet both the needs on the ground as well as the deadlines and the goals that have been laid out by the president,” he said.

Details of the withdrawal have not been completed, but it is certain that some entire units returning home will not be replaced; two Army National Guard battalions in Kabul and a Marine battalion now in Helmand Province are expected to leave without other units sent in to cover their territory. Those three units alone total 4,000 troops out of the initial flow of 10,000 troops that President Obama ordered home by December.

Officers said the reductions ordered by the president will be met also by identifying tasks currently performed by military personnel within Afghanistan that could be done from a headquarters outside the war zone. Some responsibilities, like training Afghan security forces, could also be turned over to contractors.

Admiral Mullen disclosed that top commanders in Afghanistan were likely to submit their specific proposals for a withdrawal timeline in October.
08-13-2011, 10:31 PM,
RE: Bring the troops home
We should have pulled out years ago.To me this is another Viet- Nam Bush said in a interview that he assured the people of America , that It would never come to this,well it already has. BENLADEN and sadam are dead.The agenda is finished.I'll talk more on this, but i would like to here from anyone else that would like to state there thoughts.

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