Wednesday, June 22, 2011
President Obama addressed the nation this evening from the East Room of the White House. He outlined his vision for Afghanistan and the withdrawal of surge troops.
Just 18 months ago, before an audience at West Point Military Academy, President Obama announced a "troop surge" in Afghanistan that sent 30,000 troops into the dysfunctional war zone. The President stated in the speech that he intended to begin a draw down in July 2011.
This evening the President announced that beginning this July he will begin to draw down those surge troops. 10,000 troops will be withdrawn by the end of 2011 and 32,000 troops withdrawn by Summer 2012. After next summer's reduction in troops, at a steady pace, additional troops will be withdrawn and the mission will change from combat to support. The complete process of the troop withdrawal and transition will be complete by 2014. Afghanistan will be responsible for their own security.
Why are US Troops still in Afghanistan?
Osama Bin Laden is dead, shouldn't the war in Afghanistan be over?
What's going to happen after 2014?