In a prime-time speech on Wednesday, the President announced the withdrawal of 10,000 troops by the end of this year, as well as an additional 23,000 to depart by the summer of 2012.
After the speech, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized the plan and said many in Congress were hoping for something more.
“It has been the hope of many in Congress and across the country that the full drawdown of U.S. forces would happen sooner than the President laid out – and we will continue to press for a better outcome,” Pelosi said.
The President added that it was time to start “nation-building at home” with the troop withdrawal. This was the same phrase used by Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman on June 22 during an NBC Today show interview.
Regarding Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai told The Associated Press that the nation’s youth would be prepared to defend the country as the U.S. troops pull out.