The Afghanistan war, launched in the wake of 9/11 to uproot al Qaeda terrorists, is coming to an end. And that's none too soon for outspoken liberals and conservatives, who have grown increasingly critical of the US mission there.
President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday they have agreed to speed up slightly the schedule for moving Afghanistan's security forces into the lead across the country, with U.S. troops shifting fully to a support role. The leaders also said Obama agreed to place battlefield detainees under the control of the Afghan government, AP reported
The U.S. now has 66,000 troops in Afghanistan.U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have proposed keeping 6,000 to 15,000 U.S. troops after 2014 to continuing pursuing terrorists and training Afghan security forces. But the White House, which tends to favor lower troop levels than the generals do, says Obama would be open to pulling all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
Tweeted liberal radio talk show host Bill Press (@bpshow): "Obama announces that, starting this Spring, US forces in Afghanistan will be in support role only. Big news. Big change."
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) was characteristically blunt about the troop drawdown.
"Let's get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghanis we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA."
Via AP and Politix reporting.