Petraeus: U.S. Won’t ‘Rush’ Out of Afghanistan

September 23, 2010 05:41

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan downplayed expectations Wednesday of plans to withdraw American troops from the war-torn country starting next year and described a major policy review ordered by President Obama as little more than a “mid-course assessment.”

Times of London via

“It is not a date when we rush for the exit and reach for the light switch to turn it out before leaving the room,” he said in Kabul.

His remarks came as a new book by journalist Bob Woodward exposed deep divisions within the Obama administration over U.S. goals in Afghanistan and whether the president’s high-risk surge strategy can achieve them.

According to “Obama’s Wars,” the new commander-in-chief had to fight off requests from the Pentagon for more troops even after authorizing the deployment of 30,000 more U.S. soldiers.’


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