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Fall 2011 The Ambassadors REVIEW 22 The Missing End Game for Afghanistan: A Sustainable Post Bin Laden Strategy David M. Abshire President of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Co-Founder of the Center for Strategic and International Studies United States Ambassador to NATO, 1983-1987 n June 22, 2011, President Obama outlined his plans for the withdrawal of 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012 with the removal of all combat troops by 2014. The announcement has reenergized an ongoing debate sparked by the recent death of Osama bin Laden over the United States’ role in Afghanistan. Pundits and politicians from both the political Right and Left are calling for a speedier withdrawal and reduction in aid in the wake of bin Laden’s death. A hastened withdrawal could recreate the anarchy that followed the 1989 Soviet withdrawal and subsequent US disengagement from Afghanistan. That chaos enabled the rise of the Taliban, which severely destabilized Afghanistan’s neighbors and served as a critical enabler for a wide variety of terrorist groups that carried out attacks against the United States, India, Europe, Pakistan, and Central Asia. Furthermore, the current ambiguity
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2012 for the course POLS 494 taught by Professor Garymoncrief during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.

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