Obama has made final decision on rate of Afghanistan troop withdrawals
Troops, just back from Afghanistan, listen to President Obama speak at Ft. Campbell, KY on May 6.
June 21st, 2011
03:12 PM ET

Obama has made final decision on rate of Afghanistan troop withdrawals

By: CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – President Obama has made a final decision on the rate of initial U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday.

The president will keep his commitment to start a withdrawal in July, Carney said. Obama will lay out his plan for implementing this strategy in an address to the nation Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.

Carney claimed the United States has had "significant" success in meeting its military goals in Afghanistan.

"The process (under which the president's decision was made) was all about the mission that was laid out" by Obama in 2009, Carney said.

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  1. jerry

    obama has not acomplished a victory..but, he will try to convince us he has..phoney politician...snake oil salesman!

    June 22, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  2. Adam

    Obama has accomplished more than many had hoped. Indeed, many of us had given up on ever capturing Bin Laden.
    The "war" has been won. What has not been won is a totally stable, American-favouring democracy.
    However, that is better suited to long-term diplomacy than troops.
    100,000 troops in Afghanistan are also less suited to stopping 1 to 20 men terrorist operations than adding special intelligence forces here at home.
    Bring the troops home as quickly as possible without leaving a power vacuum. Hopefully, within 3 years all combat troops will have been withdrawn. This needs to be done whoever is elected in 2012.
    It's just the right thing to do.
    Stop your partisan bickering Jerry.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:37 am |
    • veridisquo

      A.) The 'War" Cannot be won, and isn't. We're fighting a "War on Terror", that's like declaring war on a mythological creature. You cannot fight a way of thinking, attempting to do so only fosters further growth for that ideal; and the proof of that has been seen dramatically spreading throughout the middle east. The Arab Spring doesn't bode well for the US, much of the youth believes the US should be burned to the ground and that is who is taking power.
      B.) Obama hasn't achieved a single thing. 30% Deficit hike, lost footing on the moral battles of gay marriage, a terrible distraction that the United States does not need right now, and has not managed to lead the way on a single bill relative to our economic crisis. Not saying his predecessors did better, but to be honest no President since the 1960's achieved anything for America. That's part of a larger problem that awaits us in the future.
      C.) Wake up.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  3. John

    It is time to get eveyone out of here, the other war and the "not war" (and the two "actions"). Kerry and McCain say we should be there. That should be enough to convince everyone we need to get out.
    BTW, has Kerry paid the taxes on his 7 million dollar "boat" yet?

    June 22, 2011 at 7:10 am |
    • jean2009

      BTW, did McCain pay his home property taxes which he defaulted on for 4 years? What about the other 6 homes he and the beerqueen own.

      June 22, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You go Jean!

    June 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
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    July 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm |