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10K Troops Likely to be Brought Home From Afghanistan

10K Troops Likely to be Brought Home From Afghanistan

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Retired Colonel John House knows his way around the U.S. Military. He's served for 26 years and has been deployed oversees a number of times.

With news of President Obama's plan to bring at least 10,000 troops home by the end of this year and 20,000 by the end of 2012. Colonel House says the timing is a little off.

"I don't think right now is the right time if we are seriously negotiating some type of settlement or agreement or disengagement with the Taliban I think we need to keep the pressure up until we have something in place," House said.

House tells us that he does not believe Afghanistan is ready to stand on its own. He says bringing back all of the troops could be problematic for the U.S.

"If we bring them home before they have set the conditions so that the current government in Afghanistan can stand on its own then we will have a situation like 9-11," House said.

Not everyone shares the same view on the proposed draw down as  Colonel House. Just ask Christine Bragg. We caught up with her at the National Infantry Museum.

"I think its awesome idea because they have been away from their families quite often in the past years and I think it will help strengthen the family life," Bragg said.

Christine served in the Women's Army Corp in the 1970's and was a military spouse for many years. She's anxious to hear what President Obama will have to say and feels like the United States has done all it can to help Afghanistan.

"I think we can help in some ways and other ways we have to realize there are sometimes we can't be the solution to everything," Bragg said.

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