December 15th, 2010
10:22 AM ET

White House official: War review won't change U.S. withdrawal plans

A review of the war in Afghanistan coming out this week won't change current plans to start withdrawing some U.S. troops in July, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Tuesday.

"The view is that our transition can begin - the conditions-based transition of our added forces - in July 2011," Gibbs said of the planned withdrawal of some of the additional forces ordered to Afghanistan a year ago by President Barack Obama.

Gibbs spoke to reporters after a nearly two-hour meeting involving Obama and all of his senior Cabinet and military advisers to go over the upcoming review. Obama will make a public statement about the review on Thursday, Gibbs said.

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  1. Dindy.....

    Another good post by Patricia Anne Brown

    December 16, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      No Dindy,that was Daniel-2 again!

      December 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patricia Anne Brown

    Several points ocurred to me as I gazed on the faces of our lost brave young people. First the tears came, then anger, then wonder at how the leadership of our beloved country can be so misled. -–This is one point.....another is this: CNN,a power hitter in the news field,is a little late in bringing this subject to the front of the line. But then it really isn't in the frontline , is it? I had to hunt to find it! Point 3 is ju;st a quesstion: Why is the calendar to my right showing the (beginning the week with a Monday? Just asking.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |

    WAR review won't change withdrawal planing is a wise decision if complied with real intentions and sincerity. Due to US blunders in this region during last three decades this war is no more a war between USA and Alqaida but turning into a war between the people of this region and USA. So American's military presence in this region is no more acceptable and is a problem in itself in solution of this issue. The best way is to give UNO a chance to play its role according to UN charter and replace NATO with the army of neutral and acceptable states in Afghanistan, negotiate with all stakeholders and find world consensus for creation of stability in this region which during last three decades has been turned into a nursery for local and international terrorism. Neither Taliban nor any other in Pakistan and Afghanistan like to fight the whole world as is being projected however none will accept occupation of their homelands and see usurpation of their natural resources by US corporatocracy and MIC. Now choice is USA which way they will like to follow as one is leading to hell while the other to heaven. NO THIRD OPTION.

    December 16, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Good posting,BANGASH. Thank you.

      December 16, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH's daddy

      Osama Bin Laden murdered 3000 innocent people hoping that the United States would attack Afghanistan. The coalition is in Afghanistan because Mullah Omar hid Osama bin Laden after he murdered 3000 innocent people in American including people from all the coalition countries. Your hero used the Afghan people as pawns to start a war with America.

      The Afghan government grows stronger every day while you are hiding in Waziristan. The Afghan police and army pay better than the Taliban and grow stronger by the day. They don't go around murdering Afghans like the Taliban and Al Qaeda do.

      If you want the foriegners to leave Afghanistan than turn over the criminal Osama Bin Laden so he can be tried for his crimes.

      By the way the Americans aren't in Afghanistan for the natural resources, they don't your dust. They just don't want to be attacked again by Mujaidiots.

      December 16, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....


        December 16, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        You nameless man or woman think of only these 3000 innocents killed on 9/11 which I too condemn as being a Muslim we cannot rejoice the killing of non combatants/civilians however you coward had no courage to condemn millions of innocents killed in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 by USA as you have a licence to kill as many as you wish. Now this brutal law has to be changed on Afghan soil and soon you will see how you pay for your brutalities in world politics.

        December 17, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        More right-wing bla-bla-bla from BANGASH's daddy! How dumb do you think we are???

        December 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Is that Daniel-2 the Fake posting as BANGASH's daddy. It appears that way.

        December 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      You've got it wrong again BANGASH, these Islamic terrorists will not stop their killing rampage until their the dominate force in world opinion. Their goal is Islamic control of the world and until we show them that this will not happen and they should give up in their false prophecy we should fight them until they do!

      December 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        you are strange DAN very frequently change your opinion, may be someone again using your name, but DAN I see the things from humanitarian angle, never religious or national and this you all confess in your comments and you all condemn USA for this useless and senseless war in Afghanistan.

        December 17, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Good post,BANGASH. By the way,I'm the true Bledsoe here.

        December 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        I'm the true Dan here and I agree with you. The same jerk who's been posting under Bledsoe's name is also posting under mine!

        December 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |