Washington (CNN) – President Obama has to announce in the coming days just how many U.S. troops will start leaving Afghanistan. Some 100,000 U.S. troops are currently there – joined by another 40,000 NATO forces. All U.S. troops are supposed to be out by the end of 2014 but some will start leaving in the coming months.
A few weeks ago, insiders had suggested to me that the President will settle on an initial pullout of 10,000 troops. Others now say it will be higher because of Osama bin Laden's death and the staggering cost of maintaining troops there at a time of economic distress here at home.
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So while they are "negotiating" with the Taliban they are going to pull troops out? What did the Taliban give in return? Probably nothing. Obama sure knows how to negotiate! This is being done to get the liberal base on board for the 2012 elections, pure and simple. Pretty pathetic. More "leading from behind" by the dolt in the Whitehouse.
The capture/kill of Bin Laden offers an opportunity to leave the country with our honor intact. It is also hard to 'rebuild' a country that has never really been 'built' in the first place. I see no reason to keep rebuilding infrastructure if the insurgents keep destroying it. There is only so much we can and should do. Our stated reason for going in has been met, defeating Al-Qaeda. The terrorist group has moved major operations out of Afghanistan to other locations, retaining token numbers to serve as a *live fire* training ground for guerilla warfare.
Look for the numbers to be a lot smaller than most people think.