Now, there is discussion of an EXIT STRATEGY.
President Obama plans to lay out a time frame for winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces, senior administration officials said Sunday.
Although the speech was still in draft form, the officials said the president wanted to use the address at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night not only to announce the immediate order to deploy roughly 30,000 more troops, but also to convey how he intends to turn the fight over to the Kabul government.
â€œItâ€™s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,â€ said a senior official, who requested anonymity to discuss the speech before it is delivered. â€œHe wants to give a clear sense of both the time frame for action and how the war will eventually wind down.â€
The officials would not disclose the time frame. But they said it would not be tied to particular conditions on the ground nor would it be as firm as the current schedule for withdrawing troops in Iraq, where Mr. Obama has committed to withdrawing most combat units by August and all forces by the end of 2011.
Officials of one allied nation who have been extensively briefed on the presidentâ€™s plan said, however, that Mr. Obama would describe how the American presence would be ratcheted back after the buildup, while making clear that a significant American presence in Afghanistan would remain for a long while. That is designed in part to signal to Pakistan that the United States will not abandon the region and to allay Pakistani fears that India will fill the vacuum created as America pulls back.
Well, it appears that the President is giving lip service to our troops, the Afghans and the Pakistanis. In order to appease, the far left of the Democrat Party he might as well announce a retreat and/or a withdrawal. The Obama Administratrion is no longer committed to the Global War on Terror – let the fireworks begin.
The terrorists have won and MORE innocent people will die.
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