August 1st, 2010
04:52 PM ET

Planned U.S. draw-down a sensitive issue

WASHINGTON - Less than a year from the scheduled start of
withdrawing some troops from Afghanistan, opinions remain varied about exactly what will happen when the transition begins at the end of June 2011.

The Obama administration has made clear some troops - no one can say how many - will start withdrawing by next July from stable areas where Afghan forces can provide security.

However, questions over how to measure success and whether the almost 9-year-old war is worth the continuing U.S. investment in lives and resources are gaining prominence as congressional mid-term elections approach in November.

In interviews with military and political leaders broadcast Sunday,
scenarios presented on what happens next year ranged from guarded optimism to serious concern. While most views followed expected party talking points, all appeared grounded in the common belief that success is vital even as they differed on what it would be.

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  1. Richard Moore

    History proves that the most humane process of war is to be focused on winning as soon as possible. It is insane to assume a small band like the Taliban could physically defeat the U.S.A. Winning is defined as defeating the enemy. We treat this was as no war, but some sort of intramural sport with handcuffing rules of engagement and no plan to crush our enemies (if we even know who they are.) Clarity is win or withdraw – not at some distant point but right now.Our current and past path is defeat (for us.)

    August 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Riza Afghan

    HahaHAAHahahaAHhahaahahahahahaha Stupid pakistani.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    If the American Government stops pouring Billions of taxpayer dollars to Pakistan, a huge decrease of Taliban fighters are going to be immediately seen. If the American Government point-blank orders Pakistan to stop sending it's Pakistan Taliban fighters out of Waziristan into Afghanistan to weaken and topple the Karzai Government or America will enter into Waziristan and lay waste to the Taliban Islamic Emeritae therein. The war in Afghanistan between Pakistan's Taliban and India's Pustun fighters would almost entirely cease.

    August 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tedk55

    Drawdown?We need to get all of our troops out as soon as possible and just ignore the right-wing fanatics in Washington who are seeking to run Afghanistan!

    August 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Well put,tedk55.I'm with you on that 110%!

      August 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Grimlock

        Of course you're with him, you ARE him.

        August 2, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Is that you again,Phunnie boy,posting under Grimlock's name now? I bet you are!

        August 2, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Grimlock

        Who's this Phunnie Boy?

        You're using alternate IDs, and you just look stupid doing so. I'm merely pointing that out.

        August 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |