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Obama Speeding Up Process Of Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan

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barack obama speeding up afghanistan troop withdrawal process

President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he feels the U.S. has "largely achieved its goals in Afghanistan," and he'll be expediting the process of pulling out troops from the country.

According to Obama, the "tide of war is receding," Afghanistan is no longer a terrorist threat to the U.S., and he believes that we must "focus on nation-building here at home."

Based on his plan, 10,000 troops would be withdrawn from the country by the year's end, and 20,000 more troops would be out by next summer. The rest of the 100,000 troops currently in Afghanistan would be brought home "at a steady pace" until Afghan authorities are handed security over the country in 2014.

Obama's plan has already spurred support from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who says he'll also begin withdrawing French troops from Afghanistan.

What do U think about Obama's announcement? Is he making the right move here?

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30 comments to “Obama Speeding Up Process Of Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan”

  1. 1

    This is most likely a ploy for votes as the majority of Americans oppose the ware, the waste of money, the war profiting and the casualties. Regrettably, the U.S. will most likely remain in Afghanistan for another 30 years. And the U.S. will also remain in other middle eastern countries.
    Will it ever end?

  2. 2

    He does what his owners and programmers tell him to do.

  3. 3

    It's about freaking time! I hope he really follows through on this. He doesn't exactly have a good record for doing what he says he'll do.

  4. 4

    You mean he is working on this instead of all your little gay issues, Such a Homophobe.

  5. 5

    In 15 months eh? Lets see, oh yeah, thats right after election day. Fool us once, shame on us, fool us twice, eh, umm you wont fool us again.

  6. buck says – reply to this


    only 16 months away and it can't come soon enough! this guy will go down in history as pulling the biggest joke on Americans in this natiions history. not that we aren't doing it now but in 20 years from now our kids will be scatching their heads while studing how this guy actually made it to the White House and looking at our generation as a bunch of fools.

  7. 7

    This guy will be reelected because of all the idiots who believe he is doing this because he actually believes we need to leave Afghanistan. No, were pulling troops because that secures votes in 2012. Class act

  8. 8

    Oh what a perfect time for him to make this announcement! Right before pre election campagning! And anything to boost up his LOW POLL NUMBERS!

  9. 9


    What a joke everything is…

  10. 10

    While I think withdrawing is a good idea, I don't think he should put a time frame on it. If he doesn't have the troops out by those dates there will be extreme backlash. Just saying something publicly along the lines of "I plan to have most troops out by 2014." would be sufficient, and then he could still withdraw but no need for the definite announcement.

  11. 11

    Nice timing… right about the time he needs votes. I'm surprised he didn't capture bin laden then hide him until election time. This guy fools the uneducated. He would be a great used car salesman.

  12. 12

    Any soldier who comes home is good, but this is a ploy for votes and very misleading. We will be in Afghanistan for decades. He's only pulling out a very small percentage of troops overall. Obama is assuming the public is stupid. Let's hope they aren't after watching his game for several years.

  13. 13

    It is so about time. His numbers are so low right now, he is doing everything possible to try to get re-elected. No more media whoring around for him. He needs to do a whole lotta work in America if he wants to be re-elected. Right now, Mitt Romney is looking better and better.

  14. 14

    Well if television PROGRAMMING says it's true than I must obey the command….don't believe a television has a direct effect on your brain then explain why epileptics have seizures while watching television…. Human Brain=Electro Chemical Computer + Television=Programming Software = "You are a slave Neo"-Morpheus

  15. 15

    it's interesting because my husband is deploying in 5 weeks. obama sure seems to be a man of his word with his "pulling the troops out", healthcare reform, and lets not forget how helpful he's been with gay marraige…NOT. thank you to those that are picking up on his timing with re-election approaching. it's a shame, he had such potential & he has been an epic failure & done nothing. thank goodness his wife has some sense & has dedicated time on awareness of military families & the struggles/hardships we face.

  16. 16

    LMAO. Out of Afghanistan, and into LIBYA, YEMEN, PAKISTAN, EGYPT, IRAN, etc, etc (insert your favorite middle eastern country HERE _______________).

  17. 17

    Amen! I love the way he keeps fixing what Bush has messed up in our country at the speed he is.. we need our men and woman home!!

  18. 18

    Re: TORTEZ – Good for you! You made it out of your trailer long enough to reply to this post!

  19. 19

    Re: buck – You dont think the world is laughing at us for having Bush in office?? he is the one that got us in this mess you fool!

  20. 20

    Now he just starts to do something…did he just get here?

    He has been in office for two years and hasn't done anything…this is all for re-election shit.

  21. 21

    Re: akat113 – The strugle we face will take us a long time to get out of.. this is Wall Street, banks and greed that collapsed our country - not Obama - if the republicans would stop apposing everything just to get control again things would move a lot faster.. Rep's will not be happy till we are the weakest county living in fear once again..

  22. 22

    Re: nicky45 – Why didnt Bush find BinLaden?? when you come up with more trash to talk have a good answer for that??

  23. 23

    To be honest, I couldnt care less why he's doing it I'm just thankful that troops are coming home.

  24. 24

    Re: Tink66 – bush started the effort to find bin laden. Do you really think obama had anything to do with it. Grow up it was the navy seals who got him. Obama just is sitting in the white house.

  25. 25

    Oust BO in 2012! He will go down as the worst and most corrupt US president in history.

  26. 26

    Re: jeccamay – Amen! I agree.

  27. 27

    Re: nicky45 – sure he did - along with finding weapons of mass destruction.. I think you need to grow up.. and do your homework on this subject..

  28. 28

    Obama will make a big show about bringing home a few thousand soldiers so he can get his approval ratings up. Meanwhile about 70,000 soldiers will stay in Afghanistan and keep fighting. We won't ever hear about them in the media though. Then, slowly and silently they will be transferred to Libya and Pakistan to begin our next hostile take over. Ah Democracy!

  29. 29

    Too bad it wasn't sooner. My friend is six and a half months pregnant with twins and her husband was killed on Monday, June 20th while on a mission in Afghanistan. Two more children that will never known their father because of a war with no cause. RIP PFC Josh Jetton.

  30. 30

    He is pulling out because USA can't afford this war anymore.