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Obama Ignoring Military Advice With Troop Withdrawals

June 22, 2011 by  

Obama Ignoring Military Advice With Troop Withdrawals

Tonight, President Barack Obama will give a major speech regarding the Afghanistan war campaign. He is expected to announce the withdrawal of up to 30,000 United States troops from Afghanistan by November of next year.

“The move comes despite warnings from his military commanders that recent security gains are fragile. They have been urging him to keep troop numbers high until 2013,” read a Guardian article. The White House confirmed, according to the article, that the troop withdrawals will be “significant.”

“(NATO) commanders led by General David Petraeus have set out the risks of withdrawing too many troops too soon,” the article reported. “They had urged him to keep in place the bulk of the extra 30,000 troops he committed to the ‘surge’ until the end of 2012, so a drawdown can begin in 2013. That would give the military another full ‘fighting season’ to attack Taliban strongholds and target insurgent leaders.”

At a press conference on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the President’s upcoming speech, but would not give any details about the actual number of troops being withdrawn.

“The parameters of the decision involve the beginning of the drawdown of U.S. forces. As you know, we ramped up in a surge the number of forces in Afghanistan. And we are at that peak point,” Carney said.

“And the President identified in December of 2009 — made the commitment that forces would begin to draw down in July of 2011. He is keeping that commitment. And that’s what he will announce tomorrow evening.”

When asked whether the President’s decision was based on the cost of the war, rather than the military appropriateness of a withdrawal, Carney said the President was “extremely knowledgeable” about the war in Afghanistan, and “we are always mindful of the fact that, as powerful and wealthy as this country is, we do not have infinite and unlimited resources, and we have to make decisions about what — how to spend our precious dollars and, more importantly, how and when to use military force and put our — put Americans in harm’s way.”

UPDATE: As of 2:48 pm EDT, The Washington Post reported: “President Obama will announce in his prime-time address Wednesday that he will order home 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan this year and another 23,000 by the end of September 2012, according to administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity.”

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  • s c

    You have to admit that Herr Obummer is consistent. He consistently does what he wants to do (after his puppet masters have pulled his strings), and then he leaves the rest of us to figure out on our own what his original intent may have been.
    In this case, he seems to vacillate a bit, as he SUPPOSEDLY was outraged about the US being in that part of the world, and he wanted us OUT of there before he sneaked into the W H. Fickle, eh?
    One wonders how long it would take him to make a decision if the US was being invaded by a hostile, foreign enemy. Or, is that one of his twisted goals? What a guy.

  • http://deleted Claire

    I thought everyone wanted out of this war. Now we don’t?? Either sh– or get off the pot, which is it? Do we stay in or get out?

  • Michael J.

    I’ve made many mistakes in my personel life and my business. In most cases I have resolved to finish what I started. How will Obama explain to the families of our fallen soldiers that their sacrifice was made in vane? How can we expect further cooperation from Afgani civilians if they know we are leaving? What incentive is there for sucessful negotiations with the Taliban if they know all they need do is wait till we’re gone? Fact of the matter is,the Taliban will probably soon begin to ignore us while planning their comeback.

    While I appreciate the futility of a ten year war and it’s effects on families and our economy, I also can’t help but think that if we had been allowed to prosecute this war WWII style and had been able to ignore the whiny politically correct commies, giving military professionals free reign to take care of business, the conflict could have been sorted out in a year with far less loss of life and treasure on all sides of the conflict. Example – when Truman made the courageous decision to drop the bomb, it saved an estimated one million lives on both sides.

    Courage is not Obama’s strong suit. In a move that is obviously political, Obama has decided that his own personel needs in an effort to be re-elected far out weigh the needs of Afgani’s and America’s reputation of fufilling it’s commitments.

  • BMiller

    Why we haven’t asked the Iraqi’s to pick up the tab for our being there is confusing; they asked us to come over and liberate them, this being the case they should have been sendin us cheap oil to reimberse our costs in full. The political machine is the reason everything is messed up.
    To not let the military run things is wrong in everyway, to draw down too many troops before its time will cost many more American lives. This president has not a clue and the Dems are backing the wrong agenda. 2012 isn’t coming fast enough; this nation and its representatives failed us to a level never seen before. Why some one hasn’t stepped up and corrected this enormous show of incompetence is to let the world believe we are backing this pariah.

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