In 2010, the number of U.S. troops (active-duty, reserves, and National Guard personnel) deployed for war-related activities averaged about 215,000, CBO estimates. In the alternative scenario presented here, the number of military personnel deployed for war-related purposes would decline over a five-year period to an average of 180,000 in 2011, 130,000 in 2012, 100,000 in 2013, 65,000 in 2014, and 45,000 in 2015 and thereafter.That would indeed be an improvement. But it just doesn't seem like "I will bring this war to an end in 2009 [and] bring our troops home." (H/T [on the CBO quote, not the despairing memory of the original Obama]: Ezra Klein) Update: In the Sunday Washington Post, David Fahrenthold found some more differences between Senator Obama and President Obama on the debt limit, judicial nominations, and war powers.
Posted on June 25, 2011 Posted to Cato@Liberty
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