President Barack Obama will order a "real drawdown" of U.S. forces from Afghanistan starting in July, the White House insisted Monday, a milestone in a long war that is testing the patience of the American people and Congress particularly after the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ic_0GPacCz1OHV0B63INAKJ17oLg?docId=debccd2bbddb428f9723ca6462614049
Roughly 100,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, three times as many as when Obama took office, and U.S. forces are expected to remain there through 2014.
A "real drawdown".
But, didn't "outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates [say] over the weekend that only a "modest" drawdown would be appropriate"?
I guess the drawdown will be "modest" but described as "real" (whatever that means) by the "anti war" candidate who tripled the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to 100,000, and expects to keep most of them there until 2014.