(CNN) – President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night that all the 33,000 additional U.S. forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 would be home within the next 15 months. After the departure of all the surge forces, the total U.S. military deployment in Afghanistan would be just under 70,000 troops.
Excerpts of the reaction from across the political spectrum:
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night that all the 33,000 additional U.S. forces he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 would be home within the next 15 months.
In a nationally televised address from the East Room of the White House, Obama said 10,000 of the so-called "surge" forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would leave Afghanistan by September 2012.
(CNN)–Candidates seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for president responded to President Obama's Wednesday night speech on Afghanistan troop withdrawals.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman: "With America mired in three expensive conflicts, we have a generational opportunity to reset our position in the world in a way that makes sense for our security as well as our budget.
(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had plenty to tweet about Wednesday regarding the book, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far," by her oldest daughter, Bristol Palin.
Palin praised the memoir, which released Tuesday, as "Shocking; Refreshing; Honest; INSPIRING! Perfect," and said it "gives insight into how media can drive false narrative."
(CNN)–President Barack Obama addresses the nation on his plan to withdraw 33,000 "surge" troops from Afghanistan beginning at the end of 2011 and ending by the summer of 2012.
9:35 p.m. ET-@SenatorDurbin Need swift&substantial withdrawal of troops from #Afghanistan. #longestwar has cost $100s of billions&1.6k lives. Time to bring troops home
9:16 p.m. ET-@David_Gergen Much talk that our wars bleeding us dry - over $1T in 10 yrs. But worth remembering US gov't has spent $40T in same time. #cnn
8:53 p.m. ET-@David_Gergen #Obama address had echoes of George McGovern's famous 1972 "Come Home, America" speech. But I imagine public will like. #Afghanistan
8:40 p.m. ET-@SenatorReid President's plan 2 begin w/drawing troops from Afghanistan is a critical step. I look fwd 2 day when all our courageous men & women r home.
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Washington (CNN) – Frustrated rank-and-file House Republicans Wednesday pushed their leadership to go further in rebuking President Obama over his handling of Libya, pressing GOP leaders to schedule a vote to defund the military mission.
The bill, which the House could vote on as early as Friday, is a much stronger statement than the non-binding resolution leaders originally introduced that called for removing U.S. forces from hostilities in Libya.
(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had another bone to pick with the media Wednesday -and that includes her employer, Fox News-this time over whether she has ended her "One Nation" bus tour.
Taking issue with reports she has abandoned the tour, she Tweeted, "I did? Hmm, glad I have media to let me know my plans." She then included, "Palin Ends Bus Tour" with a link to a Fox News article.
(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota will launch a three-state tour Monday to formally announce her presidential campaign and attend a string of events with voters.
According to a schedule released by the Republican's campaign Wednesday, the tour goes through key battleground states for the upcoming primary season. It starts in Bachmann's birth state of Iowa, then moves to New Hampshire on Tuesday and concludes with a town hall meeting in South Carolina Wednesday.
(CNN)–President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner before his Wednesday speech to brief the speaker on an impending announcement about the troop drawdown in Afghanistan.
The president is expected to announce the withdrawal of 33,000 troops by the summer of 2012.