I haven’t heard of a timetable. Nor of discussions of a timetable other than of course what was in the President’s speech about beginning a transition of certain security tasks based on conditions. Conditions meaning enemy situation, Afghan Security Force capacity and capability and so forth. So what there has been focus on however has been to refine the discussion of indeed what those conditions should include, what considerations should be part of discussions about transition and indeed what transition actually means.
What an inspiring cause! If only my generation had had a war for “ beginning a transition of certain security tasks based on conditions.” I would gladly give life and limbs to enable “discussions about transition and indeed what transition actually means.”
Eight years into this disaster and our wise leaders don’t have clue number one about what constitutes victory. They don’t even know what kind of security conditions should be in place as a precondition for withdrawal. We are stuck, stuck, stuck, and the people in charge of the whole mess don’t appear to know any more about how to get out than you or I would (assuming, of course, that our aim is to win a victory and get out. I’d bet money that it isn’t).