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U.S. Deaths in Afghanistan: Obama vs Bush
Last Update: December 13, 2013
575 US troops died in Afghanistan during the Bush presidency. By August 18, 2010, following two troop surges initiated by President Obama, that number had doubled. Today, over 1500 US troops have died in Afghanistan since President Obama took office—and yet, little in that war-torn country has changed.
These numbers should give us pause. While the Administration has publicly conceded that there is no military solution in Afghanistan, and claimed that it supports 'Afghan-led reconciliation', its policy on the ground is marked by a refusal to establish a timetable for full military withdrawal even after misleading Americans into thinking that all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
We must ask ourselves how many more lives will be sacrificed before the Obama administration sets a clear end date for America's longest war.
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When President Obama announced his plan for a drawdown from Afghanistan this past June, he failed to mention when, exactly, a full withdrawal would be completed. If the Pentagon gets its way, 25,000 US troops may be left in Afghanistan from 2015 until at least 2024. We cannot allow this to happen. Join us in telling President Obama to immediately establish a public timetable and deadline for full withdrawal from Afghanistan. Sign the petition at our Countdown to Drawdown site >