Ahead of a planned announcement of troop drawdowns in Afghanistan, Current TV news anchor Keith Olbermann urged the president to “declare victory” and withdraw from all current conflicts.
The withdrawal, which is expected to be announced today, will likely see 10,000 soldiers return home from Afghanistan. But that’s just one-third of President Barack Obama’s “surge” of 30,000 troops announced in 2009. The rest of those soldiers aren’t expected to be returning until sometime in 2012, and officials have targeted 2014 for the withdrawal of remaining forces.
“Mr. President, don’t press our luck,” Olbermann said. “Do not take the proposal that lets you set the ultimate end date but lets the Pentagon control the echelons of drawing down. Select the door with the easiest access that allows the most Americans to come home the fastest.”
This video is from Countdown with Keith Olbermann, broadcast Tuesday, June 22, 2011.