With the administration split on Afghanistan, liberals like Joe Biden support a drawdown and shun nation building.
Former Washington Post reporter Ellen Knickmeyer on his drawdown speech.
Your novel spans 150 years, but given the drawdown in Afghanistan it feels particularly pertinent to the present day.
The savings associated with that drawdown are tiny, particularly when measured against behemoths like entitlements.
Obama made clear where he stood when he quickly undercut his $120 billion investment by announcing a drawdown.
The drawdown would be modest this year, and next year would come only after the summer fighting season.
The debate now is between a drawdown of 5,000 and about 15,000.