The United States will continue to lead the world without stumbling into military misadventures, President Obama said in a commencement address at West Point Wednesday.
President Obama announced on May 27 that while most U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, about 9,800 will remain. Half of those will be withdrawn over the course of 2015, with those remaining to be stationed mainly at the U.S. base at Bagram Airfield or the capital of Kabul. The plan calls for withdrawing the remaining forces by the end of 2016, leaving fewer than 1,000 behind to guard the U.S. Embassy staff in Kabul.
The chief of CIA operations in Kabul was identified by name on Saturday when a White House list of U.S. officials taking part in President Obama's surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan was released to the press.