As for the other 70,000 troops, that will take longer. What part of “we can’t afford wars around the world because they are killing the US economy” is Washington missing? This is hardly the type action one would expect from a candidate who promised to get us out of these inherited wars and who then won a Nobel Peace prize. End the wars, now.
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night that all the 33,000 additional U.S. forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 will be home within 15 months.
In a nationally televised address from the East Room of the White House, Obama said 10,000 of the “surge” forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would leave Afghanistan by September 2012.