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Community Reacts To President Obama's Plan for Afghanistan

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President Obama announced his plan to end the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday, saying it's now up to the afghan people to secure their country.

"This year, we will bring America's longest war to a responsible end," President Obama said during a press conference.

He's cutting the number of troops down from 32,000 to 9,800. But it's a far cry from the promise he made back in 2012. His decision, which received support from U.S. military commanders, has the community sounding off.

"All these politicians think it's a game to them, it's a game," said Vietnam Veteran, Joe Kelecsemy. "I think they ought to send their first born kids and let them fight. See what happens when they come back wounded, armless, homeless... dead."

"I think Obama should just pull all of our troops from Afghanistan," said Dennis Church. There's no point in us being over there anymore. They've got it pretty much under control."

With all combat missions in Afghanistan expected to conclude by year's end, U.S. troops will instead focus on counter terrorism efforts and training Afghan forces. While some are upset about the president's timetable for withdrawal, others support his decision.

President Obama supporter, Shelle Barron said, "He's trying to get us out of these wars and these countries where he did not start theses wars, and he's still trying to stabilize the citizenry in those countries."

"I know we're doing all we can, but I think it is time we bring everybody home, not just leaving that 10,000 there," said Kara Woznia. "I mean, if it's going to keep America safe to keep 10,000 troops there, then so be it. But we should stick to a plan and bring them all home."

President Obama says by the end of 2015, he plans to cut the number U.S. troops in Afghanistan by half, and by the end of 2016, U.S. occupation in Afghanistan will be down to an "embassy presence."
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