Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Scheduled for Few Months Before Election Day 2012

The pace of the withdrawal is a setback for his top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, who has been named director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus, who helped write the Army’s field manual on counterinsurgency policy, did not endorse the decision, said another official, though both Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton both accepted it with reservations.