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Fayetteville reacts to Obama's Afghanistan withdrawal plans

Posted June 22, 2011

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— Those in the military city of Fayetteville expressed joy Wednesday night over President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw more than 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by November 2012.

Ronald Williams, who served in the Army, applauded the plan, adding that he knows how tough it can be on families of those deployed.

Plus, the city feels a bit empty while soldiers are away, Williams said.

Fayetteville resident Luke Barefoot said the economy has been down in the area with so many soldiers deployed. He hopes that soldiers returning to nearby Fort Bragg will help provide a boost to the area.

Fayetteville residents applaud withdrawal plan Fayetteville residents applaud withdrawal plan

Gunnery Sgt. Ted Geller, a recruiter for the Marine Corps in Raleigh, said the war is the first thing recruits ask about.

“It helps with recruiting that our commander in chief is saying that he is withdrawing,” Geller said.

But like, those already serving in Afghanistan, Geller said, “The most important thing, you are going to have the ability to serve your country.”


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  • word636 Jun 23, 2011

    great that the people that are asked to lay down their lives are speaking on the topic & approve of the decision of the president. Not one mention of his trying to get votes out of this, no paper pushers talking about its a bad decision at a bad time. great for the families and the service men and women. enjoy your hard earned rewards.

  • dsalter Jun 23, 2011

    I hope the government does not fall into the same trap that happened when Clinton was in office. In other words, don't cut the forces and release a bunch of good experienced personnel. Don't whack the benefits they and they're families are getting. They earn it. They need the people they have, who have been there, done that. A good, well trained, intelligent military is not inexpensive to maintain, but it's a lot better than what the consequences might be if we fail to keep them. And, they need our support no matter what the world circumstances are.