Does Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan Mean the War is Over?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

US soldiers of the Viper Company (Bravo), 1-26 Infantry, talk to Afghan men as they conduct a house to house search operation for weapons in the Khost province of eastern Afghanistan on June 19, 2011. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty)

On Wednesday evening President Obama will unveil his exit strategy from Afghanistan. We’ll hear exactly how many of our troops will be coming home and when the U.S. military will hand over power to Afghan security forces. This comes nearly a decade after the first U.S. military campaign against Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces. There has been mounting political pressure on the president to instigate a significant withdrawal and many people are hoping this marks the closing chapter of the War in Afghanistan. 

We hear from Leslie Gelb, past President of the Council on Foreign Relations, about whether the announcements will signal the end of the War in Afghanistan. 




Leslie H. Gelb

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami, FL

Since there was no established state there is no winning in the traditional sense. The two targets were a criminal group (Al Qaeda) and a minority party (Taliban) within Afghanistan, an ungoverned territory. In spirit we've complete the mission by removing both from prominence. All we really need is an Afghan-approved base similar to the ones we have in other countries. Since 2002 we should have been funding a "covert war" that uses our elite troops to combat terrorist groups around the world. It's way cheaper and more effective than what we're doing now.

Jun. 22 2011 09:31 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.