President Barack Obama, facing growing public and political opposition to an Afghan war that has become his Vietnam, announced Wednesday night that he will withdraw 33,000 U.S. troops from the war-torn country by September 2012 — with 10,000 scheduled to come home by the end of this year.
While the number appears significant, it will still leave 68,000 Americans on combat duty in Afghanistan.
In a short, but highly-anticipated speech to the nation, Obama went against the advice of military leaders who want a more gradual withdrawal of troops but the President faces dwindling support in polls that show — for the first time — that a clear majority of Americans who want U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.
- The longer we stay in Afghanistan, the more enemies we create – war veteran (rt.com)
- Obama plans Afghan troop cuts (capitolhillblue.com)
- Obama plans to speed up Afghan troop withdrawals (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Obama address: Surge troops home by summer 2012 (troyrecord.com)