Thursday, 23 June 2011

Counting Blood and Treasure

Last night U.S. President Barak Obama announced the beginning of the end of his Afghan surge.  Ten thousand U.S. troops will be home by the end of the year, with the remaining 20,000 surge troops returning stateside by next summer.  That will leave approximately 70,000 to focus on Afghanistan’s restive borders to the south and east.  Some of those will trickle back by 2014, when full security of the country is to be handed over to Afghan forces.  Others are likely to be stationed at semi-permanent bases across the country into the near future.

The drawdown is seen as deeper and faster than anticipated by the Pentagon and, rather than signaling overwhelming success, reflects the heightened fiscal pressures that have descended on Washington along with the uncertainties surrounding the broad nation-building mission in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death.

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