CNN reports that President Obama will announce tonight he is sending 30,000 reinforcements to Afghanistan, but will also announce the United States will "conclude the war" and withdraw most of our troops from Afghanistan in three years:
President Obama is sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan but plans to conclude the war and withdraw most U.S. service members within three years, senior administration officials told CNN Tuesday.
The president is ordering military officials to get the reinforcements to Afghanistan within six months, White House officials said.
Obama will travel to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, later Tuesday to officially announce his plans. It would be his second escalation of U.S. forces in the war-torn Islamic country since he came to power in January.
The president also is seeking further troop commitments from NATO allies as part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at wiping out al Qaeda elements and stabilizing the country while training Afghan forces.
The expected new troop deployment would increase the total U.S. commitment to roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, bolstered by about 45,000 NATO forces. . . . . . . . MORE
If this report turns out to be accurate, the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies are going to be told tonight how long they need to hold out before they can retake control of Afghanistan. This is a stunning decision by Obama to announce a date certain to end the war, which is nothing more than an attempt to pacify his Left-Wing base in the Democrat Party.