(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:
Mr. President please make sure that those Kids are back home safe and dry!!! anyone who says anything else tell /him/her to send his/ her own kids instead.
Thank you mr. President can we us the money that Bush got us paying far war that he wanted gop keep saying this president war. Just as the GOP tell all the world this is this president war,he is the one that have use with no jobs debt was left for him. But the GOP/tea party want. 150,000.00 jobs overnight,the gop took 8 years to get use here.
Most of the nation is no doubt relieved to know our troops are coming home from Afghanistan. For some, who feel it necessary to criticize everything President Obama does, it's simply another opportunity to claim a) they should come home Sooner, b) they should Already be Home! I'm just glad we will disengage our military from what could easily be a never ending mission, brought to the American people & the World by the last administration. Let's concentrate on Our country for a while!
Our President would be foolish to "Cut and Run". He has a "Plan" for drawdown "Thats respectable for our troops efforts and sacrifice,for Americas security. Congress Republicans need to "Get to their promise of "JOBS", or be voted out in 2012!!!!!! Get with it Boehner, or get out?