In an interview “Starting Point” anchor Soledad O’Brien this morning, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty rejected President Barack Obama’s public announcement of a specific timetable for the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “What we don’t like is the President putting these arbitrary deadlines rather than conditions on ground,” he said.
During an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Tuesday, Obama said he remains committed to pulling 23,000 troops out of the country by the end of summer and sticking to a 2014 deadline to turn security fully over to the Afghan government.
“Let’s not announce it ahead of time for those who don’t have America’s interest at heart can plan around it,” Pawlenty, who has endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney and Romney campaign surrogate, said of the timetable. “Governor Romney would have taken a different approach and planned and executed those plans in private.”
Pawlenty also spoke about Obama’s handling of the economy, calling the president a “disaster,” and his health care plan. “He’s been somebody who has disappointed us with all of these broken promises,” Pawlenty said.