Under a plan proposed to President Obama, the U.S. military could be completely out of Afghanistan when a new president is sworn into office in 2016.

The plan calls for about 10,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan for the next few years, down from the current number of 30,000.

Fox News' Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin has confirmed the details of the plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal late Tuesday.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai must sign off on any foreign troop presence beyond 2014, when the NATO mission comes to an end.


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Bill Hemmer discussed the proposal with Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.), who worries that this could have "dire consequences" for security in the region.

Keane sees the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal playing out the same as Iraq, where al Qaeda and its affiliates have retaken control in some areas. He pointed out that U.S. forces monitor terrorists in Pakistan from bases in Afghanistan.


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"If we put that at risk as well, that is a direct threat to the United States if we're not successful," said Keane.

Hemmer asked whether the driving force is political, possibly stemming from a desire by Obama to bring both wars to an end before he leaves office.


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"Time and time again these commanders are not able to put forward the kind of recommendations they need to guarantee success and security in Afghanistan and in the region at large. And they're challenged based on the premise that it's more important to end as it is to win. And that's what we're really dealing with, and probably a political legacy," said Keane.

Watch the full discussion from America's Newsroom above.