BALTIMORE (WJZ) — President Barack Obama told the nation Wednesday night he’s making good on his campaign promise to back down U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Kai Jackson explains when and how many soldiers are coming home.

President Obama says U.S. servicemen and women will start coming home from Afghanistan in July, a plan already under attack from several sides.

In a televised speech from the White House, Obama told Americans he’s fulfilling a campaign promise to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.

“Starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year,” Obama said.

By September 2012, all 33,000 troops that were part of the surge will be out of Afghanistan.  The White House says progress on the ground and the killing of Osama bin Laden makes the withdrawal possible.

“Al-Qaida is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11.  Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of their leadership,” Obama said.

The president is already getting hit with a barrage of criticism.  Some Republicans think he’s pulling troops out too fast and some in his own party say it’s not fast enough.

“We need to end these combat operations in a smarter way,” said Rep. Barbara Lee.

“I would hate to see us take an unnecessary risk by withdrawing too early,” said Sen. John McCain.

The president is also being pushed by reality.  The U.S. economy is struggling and the election is next year.

“America, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home,” Obama said.

Ten thousand troops will come home by the end of the year with a total of 33,000 troops withdrawn by next summer.

Comments (9)
  1. rescue me says:

    Its about damn time this fool did something he said he was going to go, too bad that once again this is all political motivated and a PR move just like bin laden’s death, ol Mr. CHANGE is just trying to make himself look good to get re-elected, god help all of us if that happens, i dont know about you folks, but ive had about all i can take of his change, actually my pockets are bare, i dont have any change left……the inner city folks were screaming “yes we can” and they sure as hell did…..set america back another 15-20 years, this fool and i use fool lightly has gotta go!

    1. rick says:

      yes please leave, it doesnt matter what he do, you crackers are still gonna be against him so who cares. its not his fault we are in a recession, this happen years ago when ole bush created this. but how quick we forget that. oh well at least he made history

  2. Sylvan Finkelstein says:


  3. Military Mom says:

    Coming from a Military Mom… yes happy we are pulling out of there it’s time we put all the focus here at home. Why is this whole mess being blamed on President Obama he isn’t doing anything different from what any other President would do and beside… wasn’t G. W. Bush who got Us in this mess in the first place!!

    1. Douglas El-Tigre Rivera says:


  4. Bryan says:


    It is racist pricks like you that have ruined our city.

  5. Charles says:

    Nothing is his fault……..blame everything on Bush. We elected a “community organizer” with absolutely no experience. Change, what change? I think we all hoped there would be change, but he surrounded himself with others with no experience and look where we are today.

  6. GW BUSH says:

    I love how all the inner city folks(i think thats the new politically correct term for negros aka blacks) like to blame everything on G.W. Bush….they simple cant come to reality that they had their one chance with a non-white president, i wont call him black because he’s actually bi-racial, but anyways, his “Change” came in the form of debt and horrible health care policy, i hope you folks are happy, you got your change alright, America, lets please go back to a white republican president…..yes we can yes we can!

    1. Military Mom says:

      @GW BUSH

      I am Caucasian and do not live in the city thank you very much and you are rude to assume otherwise just because I pointed out that it was Bush who sent our men and women to Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place. IMO it doesn’t really matter who is or runs they all make the same promises.

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