03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How Obama Homed In On Timeline For Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

It started out as a projection from the military, intended only for the ears of the president and his top advisors. But in a war council meeting at the White House less than a month ago, Obama proposed making it public.

"Let's name that date," he said, according to participants.

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