Pullout from Afghanistan to begin in July, 2011!Submitted by SteveMT on Tue, 12/01/2009 - 18:02
The announcement of a scheduled troop pullout on the same day as an announcement of a 30,000 troop increase? Note this is the BEGINNING of a pullout. This pullout date should help us to better accept sending 30,000 more troops over there. He did say that he had an exit strategy. I guess this is it! I hope that the Taliban does not read the NY Times.
By DAVID E. SANGER and PETER BAKER
Published: December 1, 2009
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Tuesday night that he will begin to transition American forces out of Afghanistan beginning in July 2011, setting the first time frame to wind down the war there nearly a decade after the United States first sent troops in to topple the Taliban government, senior administration officials said.
Mr. Obama will set the drawdown goal even as he orders another 30,000 troops to deploy to Afghanistan over the next six months in an effort to reverse the momentum of Taliban insurgents fighting to regain control of the country. By expediting the flow of reinforcements, officials said Mr. Obama hopes to create urgency for the government in Kabul to match the American surge with one using its own forces.
In bringing the total American force to nearly 100,000 troops by the end of May, the administration will move far faster than it had originally planned. Until recently, discussions focused on a deployment that would take a year, but Mr. Obama concluded that the situation required “more, sooner,” as one official said, explaining some of the central conclusions Mr. Obama reached at the end of a nearly three-month review of American war strategy.
The officials insisted on anonymity... (INDEED)