Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The I. D.B. "Iranian Daily Briefing...
Obama to Mull Troop Pullout From Afghanistan
Iran Daily News
The Obama administration will consider a plan to withdraw its 30,000-troop surge force from Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months, but give military commanders free rein to plot the drawdown's pace.
Six weeks after US special forces killed Al-Qaeda Leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and as budget pressures intensify at home, support is growing in Washington for an aggressive move to curtail the US role in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.
Despite record violence, US commanders are hailing major advances in wresting territory away from a dogged Taliban insurgency. The White House is waiting for Afghanistan Commander General David Petraeus to deliver his recommendations on how many troops to withdraw starting in July. Former officials and commanders say President Barack Obama may well announce a longer-term plan to pull out the 30,000 extra troops he sent to Afghanistan following a review of US war strategy in late 2009.
If embraced by Obama, such a plan would set the US on a glide path toward a pared-down Afghanistan force, allowing military commanders to determine exactly when they send home troops within that framework, just as Obama did when he announced a timeline for pulling out US forces from Iraq. It would differ markedly from the widespread expectation that Obama's announcement later this month would herald a one-time, smaller withdrawal by the year end. The plan also could placate those in the US Congress, including Democrats skeptical of the war and a growing number of Republicans, who question what the United States can accomplish in Afghanistan after a decade of fighting. "There's a precedent for that and it has worked well," said retired Lieutenant General David Barno, a former top commander who now tracks Afghanistan at the Center for a New American Security. "In a sense, it keeps both sides happy." A former US official said Obama would likely get a trio of options from the military, rated according to risk.
Military commanders, including outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates, have warned that a precipitous draw down would endanger hard-won gains on the battlefield over the past year. Behind those gains, the Pentagon sees the surge troops Obama sent to help a force that has grown substantially since Obama took office, from about 34,000 in early 2009 to 100,000 today. The Afghanistan campaign is at a crossroads almost a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks that triggered the war. The Taliban has been driven out of strategic areas of its southern heartland, but insurgents have fanned out across the country and violence has surged along the Pakistan border.
The government of President Hamid Karzai remains weak and dangerously corrupt, and billions of dollars in western aid effort have only a meager record.
Until Next Time.....Shady
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