August 1st, 2010
03:13 PM ET
8 years ago

Planned U.S. draw-down from Afghanistan a sensitive issue

Washington (CNN) - Less than a year from the scheduled start of withdrawing some troops from Afghanistan, opinions remain varied about exactly what will happen when the transition begins at the end of June 2011.

The Obama administration has made clear some troops - no one can say how many - will start withdrawing by next July from stable areas where Afghan forces can provide security.

However, questions over how to measure success and whether the almost 9-year-old war is worth the continuing U.S. investment in lives and resources are gaining prominence as congressional mid-term elections approach in November.

In interviews with military and political leaders broadcast Sunday, scenarios presented on what happens next year ranged from guarded optimism to serious concern. While most views followed expected party talking points, all appeared grounded in the common belief that success is vital even as they differed on what it would be.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan defended the planned troop draw-down next year as a necessary part of strategy.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Carl Levin • issues • John Kerry • Lindsey Graham • State of the Union
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Frank

    The neocons and the neolibs have let down both the liberals and conservatives with empty promises of leaving Afghanistan and bringing our troops home. Both parties have abandoned the American people. It's time to vote them both out in November.

    August 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Moderate

    It may be a sensitive issue, but it must be done.

    August 1, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. thor

    Sen. CARL Levin is really something.He certainly had no problem with telling us we needed to get our troops out of Iraq but now that Obama has turned Afghanistan from a Nato led operation to an American led nation building effort he's doesn't see the need to bring our soldiers home ,now.60,000 more troops there now than when Obama became president. For what????

    August 1, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. 2nitesDnite

    The unholy alliance is the GOP and the corporate bosses they server.

    August 1, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Russell N.C.

    Obama needs to end that war. He highly critized Bush for his war in Araq. Now he is doing the same thing.

    August 1, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |