President Obama announced June 22 the United States military has accomplished much of what it needed to do in Afghanistan and 33,000 troops will be withdrawn by Sept. 2012.
After a heated debate, President Barack Obama addressed the American people June 22 and announced the White House plans to withdraw 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 2012, which is a third of the 100,000 who are currently there.
The president said the military has largely achieved its goals in Afghanistan and explained how withdrawing troops means we’re beginning the end of the war, which started following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“We are starting this drawdown from a position of strength,” Obama said. “Al Qaeda is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of Al Qaeda’s leadership. And thanks to our intelligence professionals and Special Forces, we killed Osama bin Laden, the only leader that Al Qaeda had ever known.”
The U.S. and allies are planning to give the Afghans full security responsibility in the year 2014.
“We will not try to make Afghanistan a perfect place,” Obama explained. “We will not police its streets or patrol its mountains indefinitely. That is the responsibility of the Afghan government, which must step up its ability to protect its people, and move from an economy shaped by war to one that can sustain a lasting peace.”
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