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Romney Calls Panetta’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Announcement ‘Misguided’

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Mitt Romney has offered harsh criticism of a plan outlined by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to possibly withdraw U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan in 2013, calling the administration’s decision to announce its military plans to the world “misguided” and “naive.”

“The president’s mistakes, some of them are calculated on a philosophy that’s hard to understand and, sometimes, you scratch your head and say: How can he be so misguided and so naive?” said Romney during a visit to a Brady Industries warehouse, where janitorial supplies lined the shelves.

“Today, his secretary of defense unleashed such a policy,” said Romney. “The secretary of defense said that on a day certain, the middle of 2013, we’re going to pull out our combat troops from Afghanistan.”

Panetta told reporters en route to a NATO meeting in Brussels that the administration hopes to remove combat troops by 2013 and continue a training and advisory role with Afghan forces through 2014.

“He announced that. He announced that. So the Taliban hears it, the Pakistanis hear it, the Afghan leaders hear it,” said Romney. “Why in the world do you go to the people that you’re fighting with and tell them the date you’re pulling out your troops? It makes absolutely no sense.”

“His naivete is putting in jeopardy the mission of the United States of America and our commitments to freedom,” he said. “He is wrong. We need new leadership in Washington.”

Romney has said repeatedly on the campaign stump that his own decision regarding withdrawing troops from Afghanistan would be based on advice from generals on the ground.

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Ron Paul: ‘Nothing for Us to be Gained’ by Leaving Troops in Afghanistan

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With President Obama set to announce Wednesday night the start of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul already knows it will be inadequate from his perspective.

“I don't want to hear that he's going to bring 5,000 troops home or 10,000 troops. We need to have a significant change in foreign policy, which means that all the troops come home and turn that country back over to the Afghans. And let them deal with it,” Paul, a Republican congressman from Texas, told ABC News on Top Line Wednesday.

Paul brushed aside concerns about an increased terrorist threat if U.S. troops leave, arguing that a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan will actually make the U.S. safer.

“We'll have less danger to us if we don't occupy foreign countries, because that's the top motivation for the desire to come here and kill Americans -- is because we've invaded their land,” Paul said. “What if another country did that to us? Every American would be together. If the Chinese did to us what we do to other countries, no American would say, ‘Aw, that's okay, they're nice people. Maybe we can learn their culture and their religion.’ It would be insane.”

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Obama to Announce Decision on Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Plan

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News confirmed that on Wednesday, President Obama will announce the pace and scope of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. On Thursday, the president plans to travel to Fort Drum, N.Y., to visit with soldiers.

Earlier Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would say only that the announcement will come “soon.”

“The president has not yet even made a decision to announce,” Carney said. “He's finalizing his decision.  He's reviewing the options and the assessments and will have an announcement to make soon.”

“He's had a number of consultations with his national security team, all members from, obviously, his uniform command, his civilian command -- the civilian leadership, rather, all the principals on the national security team.  He is continuing those consultations,” he added.

There are more than 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, 30,000 of whom were part of the surge designed to stabilize the war-torn country while it boosts its own forces. On Monday, Carney said the administration has “made significant progress” toward achieving the goals the president outlined in December 2009: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda, break the momentum of the Taliban, and stabilize the situation so that Afghan security forces can begin the process of taking over security.

The number of troops in the drawdown will depend on how far the president believes the U.S. has come in achieving his goals, but Carney noted that Obama “is very mindful...of the cost of military engagement, and I mean cost in lives, in injuries and in treasure.”

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