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    US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will announce the critical next steps in America's decade-long war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, outlining both a plan to start bringing thousands of U.S. troops home next month and a broader withdrawal blueprint aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security in 2014.
    But even as Obama finalizes those plans, there are deep divisions in his administration, with military leaders favoring only a gradual reduction in troops but other advisers advocating a significant decrease in the coming months.
    Administration officials say Obama is still working through the details on how many troops will start leaving Afghanistan in July, his self-imposed deadline for beginning the drawdown. He is considering a range of options presented to him last week by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan..
    US troops coming home? Obama to say on Wednesday - Yahoo! News

    So what will he do?
    - Insignificant drawdown so he doesn't break his promise? (say, 1-2,000 troops come home)
    - Relatively significant start of a drawdown? (5-10,000)
    - Huge withdrawal? (20,000 or more)
    What SHOULD he do?

    I tend to think it'll be somewhere mid-range, which seems about right to me.
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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Update: they've gone with 10,000 troops by year's end, apparently: Afghanistan war, Obama: Obama expected to announce major Afghan troop reduction - latimes.com

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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Marl my words this is a mistake Obama will live to regrei.

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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Marl my words this is a mistake Obama will live to regrei.
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    Every single thing this man does (perhaps even including breathing oxygen, which as we all know is Marxist in nature because every human upon the planet has free access to it, except perhaps inhabitants of Los Angeles ) is a mistake to you.

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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Marl my words this is a mistake Obama will live to regrei.
    In what sense? Is withdrawing too many? Isn't withdrawing enough?

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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Talking about it publicly is stupid.
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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Talking about it publicly is stupid.
    How is that?

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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Talking about it publicly is stupid.
    Kinda like telling the world that you aren't interested in going after those who attacked our Country and then shifting the focus to fight a meaningless war? Leaving it for the next guy......

    That kind of talking publicly?
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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Looks more like a campaign stunt then policy to get votes for the upcoming election

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    Re: President Obama To Announce Details of Afghanistan Strategy On Wednesday

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Kinda like telling the world that you aren't interested in going after those who attacked our Country and then shifting the focus to fight a meaningless war? Leaving it for the next guy......

    That kind of talking publicly?
    More like telling the enemy at what point to expect large troop movements and post abandonments.
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