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Obama, Gates, and the Afghanistan Troop Surge

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In his new memoir to be released next week, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sharp criticisms for President Obama – including over the Afghanistan troop surge. Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Gates writes. We look back in the Washington Week Vault to September 2009 during the debate over sending more troops to Afghanistan. As ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported at the time, there were “tribes breaking up within the White House” over whether to send more troops.

Afghanistan troop surge ends at tumultuous point

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A Delicate New Balance on National Security

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One moment he boasts about taking out America’s No. 1 enemy, and the next he vows to bring home troops from an unpopular war. For President Obama, the days leading up to his re-election kickoff have been spent straddling the precarious line between hawk and dove, and possibly redefining his party for years to come.

Heaviest 2013 Defense Budget Cuts Would Fall on Troops

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As the Pentagon sought to show Monday that it had made tough spending decisions in its fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the brunt of the reductions would fall on U.S. ground troops, which face job losses, modest pay raises and increased health care costs while serving in a smaller force.
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U.S. Troops: Coming Home

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The last U.S. troops have now left Iraq. Was it all worth it?
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Out of Iraq: The Last Convoy

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ABC's Martha Raddatz's final journey out of Iraq with the last troops to leave.

U.S. Troops Leaving Iraq This Year; Obama Could Benefit Next Year

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The last American troops are coming home from Iraq this month, and President Obama is marking the occasion with a series of events to commemorate the conclusion of the war. On Wednesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., he and the first lady will thank troops for their service.

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