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US soldiers from Viper Company (Bravo), 1-26 Infantry watch as young girls walk past them during a patrol in the east of Afghanistan on June 22, 2011.
In a prime time speech last night, President Obama spoke to the nation about his plans to wind down the now 10-year war in Afghanistan. How many of the “surge” troops are coming home and when? What about the troops left behind? What impact will these withdrawals have on the ground in Afghanistan? Is the troop withdrawal significant enough to appease critics who want the U.S. military out of Afghanistan NOW? If we go, will there be trouble? Or if we stay, will it be doubled?
John Garamendi, Representative, Democrat, California’s 10th district which includes Sacramento County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Solano County. Signatory of a Bipartisan Coalition letter calling for a significant troop withdrawal
Malou Innocent, Foreign Policy Analyst, CATO Institute,
Lisa Curtis, Heritage Foundation