Obama Ends Afghanistan Surge

    In this photo provided by ISAF Regional Command (South), Spc. Daniel Miller (L) and Spc. Daniel Scott provide security as members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul make their way to a canal project site June 14, 2011 in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan.  The Obama administration is considering withdrawing 30,000 troops from Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months.

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    In a major policy speech Wednesday night, President Obama announced plans to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year—and a total of 33,000 by the end of next summer. Promising to be “as strategic as we are resolute,” Obama spoke of the need to balance the war on terror with urgent domestic priorities—such as “rising debt and hard economic times.” He used Libya as an example of squeezing resources by relying on help from allies rather than putting boots on the ground. “America, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home,” the president said.

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