Tough Reaction to Afghanistan Plan


President Obama outlined his strategy for drawing down U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Initially 10,000 troops will come home in two phases, 5,000 this summer and 5,000 by the end of the year. The rest of the 20,000 "surge" troops will be out by September 2012.

Democrats aren't happy because they say it isn't fast enough. Some Republicans aren't happy either, saying it isn't modest enough.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged that the young people of Afghanistan will be ready to defend their country. And the various presidential candidates have their two cents to throw in as well.

There were reports of division among members of the Obama administration. And military commanders are said to have favored a plan that would have kept many of the 30,000 "surge" troops there for longer, possibly until the end of 2012.

Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said this:

"We are opposed to any significant withdraw until the job is done, because at this point, we're winning. We don't want to make the same mistakes as Vietnam. We won the war in Vietnam after General Abrams replaced General Westmoreland, and then walked away and left our allies high and dry. We've finally gotten the right strategy under General Petraeus after 8 years, and it would be tragic to pull out now."

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