Secretary of Defense Robert Gates defined the Obama administration’s plan for Afghanistan as he announced "We would all like to have a situation in which our mission in Afghanistan has been completed and we can bring our troops home. I do not see that happening anytime in the near future," at a news conference yesterday in France according to AFP. He also retorted that, "I think it's impossible to put a date on when you might firmly say all the troops are coming out." Secretary Gates met with French Defense Minister Herve Morin.
President Obama has yet to accept a concrete plan to end combat operations in Afghanistan. In mid-February this year, he announced a deployment of an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to bolster U.S. forces there to well over 60,000. With no plan for withdrawal, it is unlikely that U.S. operations will end there anytime soon. The War in Afghanistan is now in its eighth year.