Maddow: Afghan drawdown is ‘no change in plans’

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:43 EDT
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Last night, President Barack Obama announced that over 33,000 U.S. soldiers would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of next summer, and at least 10,000 by the end of this year.

Though hyped as a significant drawdown, MSNBC’s liberal host Rachel Maddow gave it a bit of perspective, showing that even after the withdrawals troop levels won’t have gone down much over just three years ago.

“This is only to draw down the extra troops that President Obama sent in when we last heard from him on this subject in December 2009,” she said. “This is just drawing down the surge.”

This video is from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Wednesday, June 22, 2011.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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