Guam - President Barack Obama said that it was time to focus on nation building here at home and announced that starting next month the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan would begin. By the end of the year 10,000 troops will be brought home, and a total of 33,000 by next summer.
He said, "After this reduction our troops will continue coming home at steady pace. As Afghan security forces moved into the lead our mission will change from combat to support by 2014 this process of transition will be complete and the afghan people will be responsible for heir own security."
President Obama said it is time invest in America's greatest resource its people. The U.S. reportedly has spent nearly a half trillion dollars on the war in Afghanistan. The drawdown would bring a savings of about $7 billion next fiscal year.