CNN: President Obama to announce plan to pull 30,000 troops out of Afghanistan

If true, that’s a nice number, even if I hoped for a more rapid pace.

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama is expected to announce this week that 30,000 U.S. “surge” forces will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, an administration official has told CNN.
Obama will deliver his highly anticipated speech on the troop drawdown on Wednesday.


The president is expected, in his remarks Wednesday, to stress the importance of preserving flexibility in force levels on the ground so commanders can adjust as conditions warrant, the official said.
The drawdown will be accomplished by troops returning home and not being replaced as well as canceling some proposed deployments.

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Tuesday Open Mishmash

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9:30 AM
PBO and VPB receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.

12:10 PM
PBO meets with senior advisers.

1:00 PM
VPB holds bipartisan debt meeting.

1:30 PM
Carney, Sebelius and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg give the daily press briefing.

4:00 PM
PBO meets with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner

4:30 PM
PBO meets with Secretary of Defense Gates.