The Obama administration is adamant that the US troop pullout from Afghanistan will begin next summer despite the hesitation of some of the top military leaders to concur. The good thing about setting a deadline is that it serves to amp up the activity of the troops stationed there because they know that there is only a limited amount of time to accomplish mission objectives. commanders don’t like this type of deadline because they know very well that anything can happen at any time to upset the process. The average commander will take every bit of the time that he can get to accomplish his mission because he or she wants to get it right.
I think it is important that we set a semi rigid timeline for our military ring customers because it gives them goals to shoot for. I believe at the same time that we need to maintain the option that there could be a change in plans which may cause us to have to readjust our decision. The problem comes in when you are constantly readjusting your timeline. That indicates a lack of committment on your part.