33,000 out by September 2012
June 22nd, 2011
05:43 PM ET

33,000 out by September 2012

From CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar:

A senior administration official tells CNN that President Obama will announce tonight that he’s ordering the withdrawal of all 33,000 surge forces in Afghanistan by the September of 2012.

Topics: Afghanistan • The Buzz • White House

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  1. Howard


    "Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit.. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

    June 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  2. John

    Good, let's bring them all home where they belong. The fact that we will continue to have more troops there than when BO entered office is telling. And, I really do not like our military people reporting to some comander from another country (NATO). If this country needs to take action we can't hold back. We need to get in full force to win it, not "rebuild countries".

    June 23, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  3. jean2009

    JOHN: The current NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe is: Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy... therefore a U.S. citizen...so much for troops reporting to some commander from another country. Unless you are from another universe, or another country, then the U.S.; both of which would not surprise me...I guess we are good to go. It seems pointless that you want to make a lot of ta-da about this, since we do not current have boots on the ground.

    HOWARD: That fictitious quote is pure Cow Patty. Check it out at Urban Legends, Fact Check,Truth or Fiction, Snopes, thatnonsense, Gun&Game and several other sites. What do you do all day long swill that poison tea so you can post this nonsense?

    The quote you presented was never said by the President...and is a part of that ongoing lie factory you have bought into. Are you old enough to understand that lies do not equal truth, and that people who perpetuate known lies are also liars?

    Frankly, many veterans and military contractors do have secondary insurance coverage which picks up parts of their health care cost that their military insurance may not cover as well...and I for one see no problem with that insurance when available picking up part of their cost. If they are paying for coverage then that insurance should meet its obligation to them. Otherwise, the person covered is paying for something that does not benefit them, if they don't have a secondary insurance then I'm good with taxpayers picking up all the costs.

    I'm sure the president feels the same.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm |

      As an active duty soldier in the United States Army, it shouldn't matter if soldiers choose to carry their own second party insurance. They pay for that added insurance because tri-care doesn't cover everything. We are good enough to fight and lay down our lives for this country, but we are not good enough to support. I think it's bogus, that we have soldiers and their families on welfare and food stamps because we can't get enough support. Ithink it's wrong when we can't get the equipment needed and have to budget our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines because each unit has to budget so critically that we cannot get the equipment needed to save lives. We barely have bullets for training and you expect soldiers to be expert marksmen. Coming from a person who lives it everyday, we need more support. If the President did say those words, then I don't see alot of support coming from the military. If he did not, then it's wrong to ly on him. Either way, I see all the budget and troop cuts and I do not appreciate it. It is truly putting our morale at an all time low. At a minimum, I can say President Bush gave vets the post 9/11 G.I. Bill. I can honestly say from a military prospective I have not seen anything good from this President.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:22 pm |