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6. Last year, President Obama announced that 33,000 troops would be pulled out of Afghanistan this fall. The 33,000 were originally part of the “surge” Obama approved in 2009. Even withdrawing that number will leave more troops in Afghanistan than when Obama first took office. Has he been making the right calls?

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33,000 was a drop in the bucket, way more troops are needed to make a real impact in Afghanistan.

Obama looks like he knows what he’s doing. The withdrawal sends the message to the Taliban that we’re winning, but keeping a good number of troops there insures the country against future violence.

The surge was one of Obama’s best polices. Why did he back away? The longer those troops are there, the bigger the impact they’ll have.

The Afghanistan war is not winnable; the US should withdraw altogether right now and focus its efforts on foreign aid and domestic spending. We are in a recession at home after all.

The war in Afghanistan has been drawn out too long, and Obama should be withdrawing troops more quickly. But it’s probably a good idea to keep some military trainers there, like in Iraq.