Less than 24 hours after the President’s speech and already his people are backpedaling. Defense Secretary Robert Gates just told a Senate Committee that the date Mr. Obama announced to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan could change. The Administration, Gates testified, will examine the situation in December of 2010 and decide then whether the withdrawal should begin as scheduled in July of 2011.
So Mr. Obama is sending in another 30,000 troops on the advice of the Pentagon, but says he has a plan to begin withdrawing troops in 18 months. Now his defense secretary is saying the scheduled withdrawal may not happen at that time, or, who knows? Maybe it won’t happen at all? This is sounding more and more like the Bush Administration.