Back in April, we looked at the campaign pledges that Mitt Romney would likely have to renege on to be an effective president. But whoever wins on Nov. 6, expect a few more shakes of the Etch-a-Sketch. Here are five issues Obama might want to reverse course on.
Obama's campaign promises to "transition security responsibility to the Afghan people, and is on track to responsibly end the war there in 2014." Vice President Joe Biden was even more explicit in his debate with Paul Ryan, saying, "We are leaving in 2014, period." Of course, it all depends on what your definitions of the words "end" and "leaving" are.
The State Department says it is conducting negotiations with the Afghan government to extend the U.S. troop presence in the country past 2014 in order to conduct counterterrorism operations and continue training Afghan forces. The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in May promises an ongoing U.S. commitment to Afghanistan's security until 2024 but doesn't specify troop levels. Some military officials say as many as 25,000 U.S. troops could remain in Afghanistan after 2014.
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