President Obama spoke with soldiers at Fort Drum, explaining why he wants to start winding down the mission in Afghanistan
The base is home to many soldiers serving on the front lines in Afghanistan... and many are happy with the President's decision to withdraw more than 30,000 troops by the end of next summer.
The President says progress on the ground made his decision possible and that Afghans are on track to take control of their security by 2014.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are criticizing the President's plan.
Some Democrats say the withdrawal is too slow and Republicans worry we could lose ground.
In testimony on Capitol Hill, America's top military officer called the President's strategy risky.