After promising to withdraw all troops out of Afghanistan, French President Francois Hollande pulls an Obama as he backpedaled on that alluring campaign promise and pledged that 1,400 French troops will remain in Afghanistan. Just do not call them “combat troops!”
On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, Hollande announced that France is actually withdrawing just a little over half of their 3,400 troops from the nation, and will leave “around 1,400″ troops in the country beyond the new year.
Taking a page out of President Obama’s playbook, Hollande will label the 1,400 troops “non-combat,” and insists that they will focus on training and logistics missions. It doesn’t appear that they are ruling out them taking a role in combat, however.
And you thought voting actually mattered.