Tuesday, May 1, 2012

President announces staged complete withdrawal from Afghanistan

President Obama, having traveled to Afghanistan (on the "anniversary") addressed the nation this evening and announced that reductions in US troops in Afghanistan will occur "at a steady pace" and that the country will be fully responsible for its own security by the end of 2014.   Afghan troops will "be in the lead" for operations by 2013.  The text of the remarks is here.

The president said that over 500000 troops have served in Afghanistan since 2001.  At the height of the Vietnam war, there were over 500000 US troops on the ground at one time.

The president spoke at 7:30 PM EDT this evening.

The New York Times wrote that the speech was weak on details in an editorial titled "Missed Chance", link here

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