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Watch General Petraeus Try to Move the Goalposts on the Afghanistan War

In West Point speech, President Obama was crystal clear: American troops would begin to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011. General Petraeus is trying to move the goalposts.
 
 
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In his December 1, 2009 speech at West Point, President Obama was crystal clear: American troops would begin to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011. Yet, at a January 21, 2010 event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, General Petraeus tried to move the goalposts, asserting that in August 2011 U.S. forces would begin to transfer *tasks* to Afghan forces, a clear rollback of the President's statement that U.S. troops would begin to withdraw by July 2011.

To meet the President's stated policy of withdrawing troops in July 2011, such a transfer of tasks must begin before July 2011. Without a concrete exit plan, policymakers and military leaders will continue to move the goalposts on the Afghanistan war. Visit http://rethinkafghanistan.com to sign our petition asking the President to provide a concrete exit plan in his State of the Union address.

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Derrick Crowe is a 5-year Capitol Hill veteran and a trained Creating a Culture of Peace nonviolence facilitator. Crowe is a political associate at Brave New Foundation working on the Rethink Afghanistan campaign.