June 23 - Marines stationed in California react to President Obama's announcement of a planned troop withdrawl from Afghanistan. Julie Noce, reports.
Military personnel have been reacting to President Obama's announcement of a troop withdraw in Afghanistan. Logan Riddle is a marine living on Camp Pendleton in California. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOGAN RIDDLE, MARINE, SAYING: "The job that we have done there so far has been good and due to everything else that we are dealing with as a country at this time that we're making a smart decision. And that, the way that we will handle the draw down will be in an effective way that we won't have any negative repercussions from it at all." Other marines say that while the withdrawal is a good idea, America will likely keep some sort of presence in the region. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN SMITH, MARINE, SAYING: "I think the U.S. has no interest in leaving that region. I think the draw down is going to be a sham. They will reduce U.S. forces in the region but I think that the forces will be reimbursed by mercenary groups such as Blackwater and non-enlisted forces. I think the Afghan war needs to stop, I think the Iraqi occupation needs to stop, I think it's wrong. I think the Iraqi people need to choose their own destiny just as the American people did in 1776." Obama said he plans to begin withdrawing 10-thousand troops by the end of the year, and another 23-thousand by the end of next summer. Julie Noce, Reuters