President Barack Obama said that beginning next month, 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan would return home by the end of this year and a total of 33,000 troops by the end of next summer.
“After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan Security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security,” the President said tonight/Wednesday in a nationwide address from the East Room at The White House.
He first announced his strategy for Afghanistan in December 2009 in a speech at West Point, New York where he ordered a “surge” of additional 30,000 American troops into that country.
He later added that “over the last decade, we have spent a trillion dollars on war, at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource – our people.”
Tomorrow/Thursday, the President will visit Fort Drum, NY, where he will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, many of whom have just returned from Afghanistan.
General David Petraeus, an architect of the troop surge, will testify before Congress on Thursday for his nomination to head the CIA, but Senators are likely to ask him about President Obama’s troop reduction plan.please click this link Mr president speech http://www.c-span.org/flvPop.aspx?src=project/ter/ter062211_obama.flv&msg=You+are+watching+the+C-SPAN+Networks&start=28.212&end=-1