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On the eve of President Barack Obama’s July deadline for beginning the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the US military has opposed any significant drawdown.
Gen. David Petraeus, the top US military commander in Afghanistan—and Obama’s nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency—met with White House national security advisers on Wednesday. According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, Petraeus presented a “range of options.” Carney said that the US president would announce “relatively soon” how many troops would be withdrawn and at what pace.
Citing military and administration officials, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the military commanders are demanding that the White House “hold off on ending the Afghanistan troop surge until the fall of 2012.”
Since taking office in January 2009, Obama has nearly tripled the number of American troops fighting in the decade-old war. When he entered the White House, there were 34,000 troops in the country. Now there are nearly 100,000.
Originally posted by jude11
So Obama promises to withdraw and today the Military demand to stay?
Originally posted by TupacShakur
reply to post by Nspekta
I think his promise to get the troops out of Afghanistan, which he is making for the second time because he failed to act on it after he was elected, is just a lie to gain support for the 2012 campaign.