White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today that the White House does not plan on changing its timetable for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, despite a decision to temporarily halt most joint operations with Afghan military forces.
NATO ordered the cutback following an increase in insider attacks, in which Afghan military and police officials have turned their guns on the NATO troops with whom they’re assigned to work. The most recent ones occurred this weekend and killed six members of the international coalition. In total, some 51 NATO members have died this year in so-called “green-on-blue” attacks.
On the show today, NBC News Military Analyst Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.) said the United State is facing a “strategic vulnerability” and “withdrawal under pressure” as it tries to prepare the 350,000-member Afghan army for U.S. withdrawal in 2014.