29 May '14, 3pm

Gen. Mattis on Obama's Afghanistan plan: "We have now given the enemy hope."

Gen. Mattis on Obama's Afghanistan plan: "We have now given the enemy hope."

WASHINGTON — Taxpayers and troops will receive something of a peace dividend under White House plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. The new strategy reflects Americans' weariness of war. "The bigger backdrop is that the public does not support large troop deployments in Afghanistan or elsewhere," said Gordon Adams, a former Pentagon budget official who teaches at American University. "This means budget attention has shifted to jobs, immigration, health, deficits and less on defense." But James Mattis, a retired Marine four-star general who led U.S. Central Command, which oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said announcing a lower U.S. troop number and setting a specific withdrawal date "sends a message" to U.S. allies that it is not fully committed to the fight against the Taliban. "Why does the U.S. government have to level the playing field...

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