Clinton: Obama Will Keep Twice As Many Troops in Afghanistan as Were There Under Bush
June 27, 2011 - 11:14 AM
“When the president became president, there were waiting on his desk requests for additional troops,” testified Clinton. “At the time president Obama was inaugurated, there were, give or take, about 30,000-plus American troops [in Afghanistan] and there was no doubt that our attention had shifted to Iraq in the preceding years and that in Iraq there had been a negotiated agreement with the Iraqi government by our government, the Bush administration, as to when our troops would come out.
“With Afghanistan there was nothing, there was an open-ended commitment. There was evidence of our losing to the Taliban, so he (Obama) not only put in the surge, he put in an additional 38,000 troops,” Clinton said. “So I think when all is said and done, we will still have more than twice as many troops [in Afghanistan] as when he took office in January of 2009.”
According to Clinton, after the Obama troop withdrawal is completed, about 60,000 U.S. soldiers will remain in Afghanistan because she mentioned that there were about 30,000 there when Obama took office.
In December 2009, President Obama announced that he would be sending 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan and that he would begin withdrawing them in July 2011.
On Wednesday, the President announced that 10,000 troops would be out by the end of this year and a total of 33,000 by September 2012.
President Obama has endorsed a plan to have Afghan forces in the lead of their own security by the end of 2014.