May 27th, 2014
09:37 PM ET

Peter King: Obama making "big mistake" giving a timeline on Afghan pullout

President Obama announced the end of war in Afghanistan - America's longest - on Tuesday.

Still, that includes keeping 9,800 troops on the ground in 2015, and pulling all but 1,000 U.S. troops out of the country by 2016.

Obama to cut troops, says Afghanistan 'will not be a perfect place'

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte are calling the President's decision "a monumental mistake and a triumph of politics over strategy."

OutFront, Republican Congressman Peter King.

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  1. Isa

    My brother just got back from Afghanistan, and he is a reservist, I think if you ask the people in Afghanistan if the war is over, the answer will be different. You might want to look into civilian contracts there, those are not seem to be ending but getting renewed.

    May 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  2. DKG

    Personal Opinion: It's a good political move as it ensures fulfilled election promises, but announcing withdrawal of troops till the Taliban is down and out totally, would just extend the period of low terrorist activity to the timeline of stay of American troops. And once the Americans are gone, it would just sink the already weak AfPak region into the same resurgence of terrorists as it would then be un-checked. This might be possible if certain key strategic and military establishments are extended to the region in co-operation with the Afghan govt. itself or the Afghan forces themselves, none of them either appear to be capable enough or willing enough to hold on to their guns when it comes to fighting the militia and keep peace in the region. Even though the direct American combat troops might reduce over a period of time, I think the only the composition of these troops ought to change from more of direct combat to low and medium combat and recon as well as strategic, engineering and medical divisions which are more of the reconstruction types. Till the time the Afghans can have the strength to keep the country safe from either pakistan interference or taliban insurgence, it just does not make sense to evacuate as it would create the same situation as was present 10 – 15 years ago. If it is assessed that it would not roll back time in that region to that era, still announcing internally makes sense, but not publicizing about it. Also, t would/may reduce the American presence in the region which also might be a strategic decision.

    May 27, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply

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