Afghanistan Troops

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:53am

In a major primetime speech, President Obama will announce how many soldiers are coming home from Afghanistan.


Touting "significant success" in Afghanistan, tonight President Obama is expected to announce bringing home five thousand troops next month.

Another five thousand by year's end and thirty thousand, the entire surge from 2009, by the end of next year.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "We do not have infinite and unlimited resources and we have to make decisions about what…how to spend our precious dollars."

Some lawmakers don't think that's enough. Nearly sixty Democrats and Republicans sent the President a letter saying half the one hundred thousand troops in Afghanistan need to come home this year.

So the one hundred billion a year we're spending there can be used here.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said, "I believe it is time to for us to rebuild America, not Afghanistan."

Military commanders warned the President pulling out too fast, as we've done in the past, could strengthen the enemy.

Arizona Senator John McCain said, "We withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban came, eventually followed by Al Qaeda followed by attacks on the United States of America."

Robert D. Lamb of the Center for Strategic & International Studies said, "It's not wise for the Commander-In-Chief to pull forces in the middle of the fight."

A fight the Administration says we're winning, but Americans say should be over.
 

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