President Obama Announces His Plan To Bring American Troops Home From Afghanistan
By Monty Torres
It is the day critics and many who lost friends and loved ones in Afghanistan have been waiting for.
With roughly 100-thousand U.S. troops still fighting and dying there, Wednesday night President Obama announced his plan and timeline for pulling American forces out of Afghanistan.
"Starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year."
With that, President Obama outlined the beginning of his plan for a final and comprehensive withdrawal of U.S. forces after ten years of war.
--Ten-thousand American servicemen and women to leave Afghanistan within the next 6 months.
--Another Twenty-three-thousand to be withdrawn by summer, 2012 and
--The remainder to be pulled out within two more years.
"By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security", said the president.
The president also included a message for any potential enemies tempted to misread his announcement as a retreat rather than a withdrawal.
Citing Pakistan and Libya, and the recent successful navy SEAL operation that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden, the president said U.S. Forces would remain ready, willing and able to go anywhere, anytime to respond to any future threat.
"There should be no doubt that so long as I am president, the United States will never tolerate a safe-haven for those who aim to kill us: they cannot elude us, nor escape the justice they deserve."
President Obama also promised to provide returning troops all the care, benefits and opportunities they deserve, and to Americans struggling in a difficult economy he pledged to focus on nation rebuilding here at home instead of overseas.
"Let us responsibly end these wars, and reclaim the American dream that is at the center of our story."
Roughly fifteen-hundred Americans have died in the ten year war in Afghanistan, and about ten-thousand have been wounded.
The war is presently costing U.S. taxpayers roughly 10 billion dollars a month.
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